Vega

Active Vega

Arianespace (ASA)

Feb. 13, 2012

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
    137 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 | CERES

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Oct. 31, 2021, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Unknown Mission

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


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Vega | NAOS

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

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


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Vega | THEOS-2

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

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


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Vega | Proba-3

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
June 1, 2022, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Unknown Mission

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


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Vega | Biomass

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Oct. 1, 2022, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission: Earth Science

Biomass is an Earth observation satellite launched as a part of ESA Earth Explorer program. It will be using a P-band synthetic aperture radar to collect data on the height of forests, allowing scientists to determine the amount of biomass and carbon stored there.


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Vega | FLEX

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Jan. 1, 2023, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
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 | Pléiades Neo 4

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Aug. 17, 2021, 1:47 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Pléiades Neo is a constellation of four optical high-resolution Earth observation satellites built and operated by Airbus. It is a dual purpose constellation, serving both civilian and military purposes. Pléiades Neo 4 is the second satellite in the constellation which is to deliver imagery with spatial resolution of 30 cm. It is launched along with several rideshare payloads.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Vega | Pléiades Neo 3

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
April 29, 2021, 1:50 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Pléiades Neo is a constellation of four optical high-resolution Earth observation satellites built and operated by Airbus. It is a dual purpose constellation, serving both civilian and military purposes. Pléiades Neo 3 is the first satellite in the constellation which is to deliver imagery with spatial resolution of 30 cm. It is launched along with several rideshare payloads.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Vega | SEOSAT-Ingenio & Taranis

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Nov. 17, 2020, 1:52 a.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Mission: Earth Science

SEOSAT-Ingenio is a high-resolution optical imaging mission of Spain - the flagship mission of the Spanish space strategic plan. Its mission is devoted to ensure an even coverage of the areas of national interest, providing a large operational capability in the capture of high-resolution multi-spectral land optical images for numerous user groups, as well as supporting and optimizing the development in Spain of teledetection-based applications in Spain. The overall mission objective is to provide information for applications in cartography, land use, urban management, water management, environmental monitoring, risk management and security. TARANIS (Tool for the Analysis of RAdiation from lightNIngand Sprites), the Celtic god of thunder and lightning, is the first satellite designed to observe luminous, radiative and electromagnetic phenomena occurring at altitudes of 20 to 100 km over thunderstorms. Discovered 20 years ago, such transient luminous events (TLEs) such as red sprites, blue jets, elves, sprite halos, etc. remain shrouded in mystery. They are sometimes accompanied by terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs). The TARANIS microsatellite will fly over thousands of TLEs and TGFs for at least four years and will be capable of detecting these events and recording their luminous and radiative signatures at high resolution, as well as the electromagnetic perturbations they set off in Earth’s upper atmosphere. The payload includes numerous sensors to observe the TLEs and to perform in-situ measurements of perturbations caused on the local plasma (fields, waves and particles).

Sun-Synchronous Orbit #SEOSATIngenio
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Vega | SSMS PoC

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Sept. 3, 2020, 1:51 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Dedicated Rideshare

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, TTU-100, and more.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit #VV16
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Vega | Falcon Eye 1

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
July 11, 2019, 1:53 a.m.
Status: Launch 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: Launch Successful
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: Launch Successful
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: Launch Successful
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: Launch Successful
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: Launch Successful
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.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Vega | Sentinel-2B

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
March 7, 2017, 1:49 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
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-1A

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

Göktürk-1A 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-1A 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: Launch Successful
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: Launch Successful
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: Launch Successful
Unknown Mission

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


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Vega | IXV

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

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


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Vega | KazEOSat 1

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
April 30, 2014, 1:35 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
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: Launch Successful
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: Launch Successful
Unknown Mission

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


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Hapith I
Failure
1 day, 13 hours ago
Test Flight
Pad 1 - Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex, South Australia

The first Hapith I launch will be testing TiSPACE's hybrid rocket engine technology in preparation for the future Hapith V launch vehicle. Targeting …


Falcon 9
Success
1 day, 20 hours ago
Inspiration4
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Inspiration4 is the world’s first all-commercial astronaut mission to orbit. Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, is donating the thre…


Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M
Success
3 days, 2 hours ago
OneWeb 10
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

A batch of 34 satellites for the OneWeb satellite constellation, which is intended to provide global Internet broadband service for individual consum…


Falcon 9
Success
3 days, 16 hours ago
Starlink Group 2-1
Space Launch Complex 4E - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

A batch of 51 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Soyuz
Success
1 week, 1 day ago
Razbeg 1 (Kosmos 2551)
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

The Russian Razbeg 1 is small military satellite optical reconnaissance satellite. It was built by NPP VNIIEM. It is likely the same satellite ide…