SSMS POC

Overview

Destination: None
Mission: Dedicated Rideshare

Ariane Launch Area 1 Kourou, French Guiana

The Vega POC (Proof Of Concept) flight will be the first mission of the SSMS (Small Spacecraft Mission Service), a modular carbon fiber dispenser, a program initiated by ESA in 2016, with the contribution of the European Commission. For all the European partners involved, its purpose is to address the burgeoning institutional and commercial small spacecraft market with a new rideshare concept. Payload includes dozens of satellites: Athena, ION CubeSat Carrier, ESAIL, NEMO-HD, GHGSat C1, six Flock-v cubesats, several Lemur-2 cubesats, twelve SpaceBEE nanosats, FSSCat A & B, RTAF-Sat, DIDO 3, IGOSat, PICASSO, PINO, PIXL, QARMAN, SIMBA, TRISAT, Casaa-Sat, TTÜ100, and more.

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Additional Media

Arianespace Flight VV16 – SSMS PoC

As high-altitude winds above the Guiana Space Center remain unfavorable, Arianespace has taken the decision not to initiate the final chronology operations f...

Arianespace Flight VV16 – SSMS PoC

As high-altitude winds above the Guiana Space Center remain unfavorable, Arianespace has taken the decision not to initiate the final chronology operations f...

ESA Web TV

A selection of highlights of the latest news from ESA’s activities. ESA continues to work during the Covid-19 pandemic, from monitoring air quality to keeping satellites in orbit – with some of our engineers driving spacecraft from quarantine. Astronaut support engineer Romain Charles shares nine ti...

Vega Flight VV16

For its fifth mission in 2020 and the first Vega flight of the year, Arianespace will orbit 53 satellites on the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) Proof of Concept (PoC) Flight, performed on behalf of 21 customers. With this mission, designated Flight VV16, Arianespace underscores its compreh...

Arianespace Flight VV16 – SSMS PoC (EN)

Pour le live en Français: https://youtu.be/a6xlSlWwHY0 For its fifth mission in 2020, and the first Vega flight of the year, Arianespace will orbit 53 satell...


Spaceflight Now

Vega rocket’s return-to-flight launch waits for improved wind conditions

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Arstechnica

An Italian-made rocket faces a big test on Thursday night

“Vega was designed to launch small satellites from the beginning.”

NASA Spaceflight

Vega’s Return To Flight mission scrubbed again

After a lengthy grounding following a failed launch in July 2019, the closure of the Guiana Space Centre due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and a further postponement because of high-altitude winds, Arianespace’s small-lift Vega rock...

Spaceflight Now

Cluster of international satellites ready for ride into orbit on Vega rocket

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SpaceNews

Yahsat hires new CFO • Vega launch delayed to August • Tim Peake joins Skyrora advisory board

Arianespace announced early Wednesday that it has pushed back the small launch vehicle's upcoming mission, carrying 53 smallsats, until at least Aug. 17.

Vega

Family: Vega
Configuration:

Vega is the smallest lifter in the current Arianespace family.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    4
  • Length
    29.9 m
  • Diameter
    3.025 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    2.6 m
  • Launch Mass
    137000 T
  • Thrust
    2974 kN
Family
  • Name
    Vega
  • Family
    Vega
  • Variant
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Vega
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $37000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    1500 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity
    1450 kg

Arianespace

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CEO: Stéphane Israël Founded: 1980 Successes: 138 Failures: 7 Pending: 38

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.

INFO WIKI

Kourou, French Guiana

Pad: Ariane Launch Area 1


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