Vega

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Arianespace (ASA)

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Description

Vega is the smallest lifter in the current Arianespace family.

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

Commercial
CEO: Stéphane Israël
ASA 1980

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.

Upcoming Spaceflights


Vega | SSMS (Small Spacecraft Mission Service)

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Sept. 9, 2019, 1:45 a.m.
Status: TBD
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Vega | Falcon Eye 2

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Nov. 1, 2019, midnight
Status: TBD
Unknown Mission

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Vega | Ingenio (SEOSat)

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Jan. 1, 2020, midnight
Status: TBD
Mission: Earth Science

Spanish optical Earth-observation satellite. The mission is devoted to providing high resolution multispectral land optical images to different Spanish civil, institutional and government users.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Vega | Proba-3

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Oct. 1, 2020, midnight
Status: TBD
Unknown Mission

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Vega | CERES

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Jan. 1, 2021, midnight
Status: TBD
Unknown Mission

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Vega | THEOS-2

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Jan. 1, 2022, midnight
Status: TBD
Unknown Mission

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Vega | NAOS

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Jan. 1, 2022, midnight
Status: TBD
Unknown Mission

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Vega | FLEX

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Jan. 1, 2023, midnight
Status: TBD
Mission: Earth Science

The Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) satellite is a part of ESA's Earth Explorer program. The satellite will map vegetation fluorescence to quantify photosynthetic activity.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Vega | Falcon Eye 1

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
July 11, 2019, 1:53 a.m.
Status: Failure
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Falcon Eye 1 is a high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates. Built by Airbus Defense and Space with an optical imaging payload from Thales Alenia Space, Falcon Eye 1 is the first of two surveillance satellites ordered by the UAE’s military.

Polar Orbit #VV15
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Vega | PRISMA

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
March 22, 2019, 1:50 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

PRISMA (PRecursore IperSpettrale della Missione Applicativa) is a medium-resolution hyperspectral imaging mission of the Italian Space Agency ASI. The mission can provide a unique contribution to the observations of natural resources and in the study of key environmental processes

Sun-Synchronous Orbit #VV14
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Vega | Mohammed VI-B

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Nov. 21, 2018, 1:42 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

A second Earth observation satellite for the Kingdom of Morocco. It was developed by Thales Alenia Space and Airbus. Satellite will be in particular used for mapping and land surveying activities, regional development, agricultural monitoring, the prevention and management of natural disasters, monitoring changes in the environment and desertification, as well as border and coastal surveillance.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Vega | ADM-Aeolus

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Aug. 22, 2018, 9:20 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

ADM-Aeolus is an Earth observation satellite build by Airbus Defense and Space for ESA. Its goal is to directly observe wind profiles from space on a global scale and provide data that could improve weather forecasting and advance understanding of atmospherics dynamics and climate. The Aeolus satellite weighs around 1366 kg and will fly in low sun-synchronous orbit at about 400 km altitude. There it will be monitoring weather around the world for 3 years.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit #Aeolus
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Vega | Mohammed VI-A

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Nov. 8, 2017, 1:42 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

An Earth observation satellite for the Kingdom of Morocco. It was developed by Thales Alenia Space and Airbus. Satellite will be in particular used for mapping and land surveying activities, regional development, agricultural monitoring, the prevention and management of natural disasters, monitoring changes in the environment and desertification, as well as border and coastal surveillance.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Vega | OptSat 3000 & VENµS (VENUS)

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Aug. 2, 2017, 1:58 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

OptSat 3000 is an Earth imaging satellite built by Israel Aerospace Industries for the Italian military. It will be placed in a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 600km. It will have a mission life of more than six years. Launched along with it is VENµS, Vegetation and Environment monitoring on a New Micro-Satellite. This is a near polar sun-synchronous orbit microsatellite jointly built by the Israeli Space Agency and CNES. Besides the scientific mission of terrestrial environment monitoring, the satellite is also tasked with verification and validation of the Hall Effect thruster in space.

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Vega | Sentinel-2B

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
March 7, 2017, 1:49 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

Sentinel-2 is the second mission for Europe’s Copernicus environment monitoring programme. It's a satellite constellation of two identical spacecrafts, Sentinel-2A and -2B. Both carry an innovative wide swath high-resolution multispectral imager with 13 spectral bands for a new perspective of our land and vegetation.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Vega | Göktürk-1

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Dec. 5, 2016, 1:51 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

Göktürk-1 is a high resolution earth observation satellite (greater than 50 cm) designed and developed for the Turkish Ministry of National Defence by the Italian space service company Telespazio. The Göktürk-1 satellite has a dry weight of about 1,000 kg and a design life of seven years. Its observation payload includes a high resolution optical instrument and an onboard X-band digital imaging system to handle data compression, storage and downloading.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Vega | PerúSAT-1 / SkySat 4-7

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Sept. 16, 2016, 1:43 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

Launch VV07 from Arianespace launched 5 earth imaging satellites into a sun-synchronous orbit. PerúSAT-1 weighs 450kg and is able to capture images with a resolution of 70cm. The smaller Skybox satellites, each weighing 120kg, is able to achieve a resolution of approximately 1 meter.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Vega | LISA Pathfinder

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Dec. 3, 2015, 4:04 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Astrophysics

LISA Pathfinder will pave the way for future missions by testing in flight the very concept of gravitational wave detection: it will put two test masses in a near-perfect gravitational free-fall and control and measure their motion with unprecedented accuracy. LISA Pathfinder will use the latest technology to minimise the extra forces on the test masses, and to take measurements. The inertial sensors, the laser metrology system, the drag-free control system and an ultra-precise micro-propulsion system make this a highly unusual mission.

Heliocentric L1
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Vega | Sentinel-2A

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
June 23, 2015, 1:51 a.m.
Status: Success
Unknown Mission

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Vega | IXV

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Feb. 11, 2015, 1:40 p.m.
Status: Success
Unknown Mission

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Vega | KazEOSat 1

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
April 30, 2014, 1:35 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

DZZ-HR will provide high-resolution images to Kazakh authorities for homeland surveillance, resource management and environmental monitoring.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Vega | Proba-V, VNREDSat 1A, ESTCube-1

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
May 7, 2013, 2:06 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

Proba-V maps land cover and monitors vegetation growth across the globe. Launched along with Proba-V are the first Earth observation satellite for Vietnam, VNREDSat 1A, and the first Estonian satellite ESTCube-1. ESTCube-1 is also the first satellite in the world to attempt the use of an electric solar wind sail.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Vega | Multipayload mission, 9 satellites

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Feb. 13, 2012, 10 a.m.
Status: Success
Unknown Mission

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