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The inaugural flight of ESA’s new Vega-C rocket is set for 13 July at 13:13 CEST. The principal payload of flight VV21 is LARES-2, a scientific mission of th...

LARES-2 (Maiden flight)

Overview

Destination: Medium Earth Orbit
Mission: Earth Science

Medium Earth Orbit Ariane Launch Area 1 (ELV) Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana

Maiden flight of the Vega-C launch vehicle, carrying the LARES-2 passive satellite. It is a 40 cm diameter sphere with laser mirrors to study the Earth gravitational field and relativistic effects. Also onboard are six European research cubesats.

Updates

spacevogel • July 13, 2022, 3:30 p.m.

Launch announced a success on the webcast


spacevogel • July 13, 2022, 1:13 p.m.

Liftoff


spacevogel • July 13, 2022, 12:58 p.m.

New T-0


Vega-C

Family: Vega
Configuration:

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Specifications
  • Minimum Stage
    1
  • Max Stage
    4
  • Length
    30.1 m
  • Diameter
    3.0 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    136 T
  • Thrust
    2974 kN
Family
  • Name
    Vega-C
  • Family
    Vega
  • Variant
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Vega-C
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $48000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    1500 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Avio S.p.A

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CEO: Giulio Ranzo Founded: 1908 Successes: 0 Failures: 0 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Commercial

Avio S.p.A. is an Italian company operating in the aerospace sector with its head office in Colleferro near Rome, Italy. Founded in 1908, it is present in Italy and abroad with different commercial offices and 10 production sites.

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