LARES-2 (Maiden flight)

Overview

Destination: Medium Earth Orbit
Mission: Earth Science

Medium Earth Orbit Ariane Launch Area 1 Kourou, 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.

Updates


Jay • July 4, 2022, 5:56 p.m.

NET July 13, pending suitable conditions for launch



Vega-C

Family: Vega
Configuration:

See Vega Details
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
  • Low Earth Orbit
    1500 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Arianespace

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CEO: Stéphane Israël Founded: 1980 Successes: 126 Failures: 7 Pending: 35

Agency Type: Commercial

Arianespace SA is a multinational company founded in 1980 as the world's first commercial launch service provider. It undertakes the production, operation, and marketing of the Ariane programme. Their vehicles launch exclusively from French Guiana in South America.

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