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Vega


Vettore Europeo di Generazione Avanzata

Vega is a European launcher under ESA program, operated by Arianespace and launched from Kourou. It was developed by the ASI Italian space agency.

Vega is compatible with payload masses ranging from 300 kg to 2,500 kg, depending on the type and altitude of the orbit required by the customers. The benchmark is for 1,500 kg into a 700 km-altitude polar orbit.

4-stage rocket: Vega has three solid-propellant stages and a liquid-propellant upper module for attitude and orbit control, and satellite release. With a height of 30 m and a diameter of 3 m, Vega weighs a total of 137 t at liftoff.

P80 first stage: 3040 kN max thrust, 107 s burn
Zefiro-23 second stage: 1200 kN max thrust, 71.6 s burn
Zefiro-9 third stage: 313 kN max thrust, 117 s burn
AVUM fourth stage: 2450 kN max thrust, 317 s burn, restartable upto 5 times.

Vega C, planned in 2019, is to increase the load capacity and number of small satellites per launch to 2200 kg in 700 km polar orbit. The P120C, 13.5 m long x 3.4 m diameter, will be used for the first stage of Vega, and as Ariane 6's strap-on booster. The second stage will use the Zefiro-40. Will accomodate a 3.3 m diameter fairing.

Vega launches


# Launch id Payload Launch date Ariane id Type Status (orbit in perigee x apogee x inc. x period)
1 12006 A: Lares
B: Almasat 1

Unicubesatsat_unicubesat
PWsat 1
Masat 1
Robusta
Goliat
e-star
Xatcobeo
13 Feb 2012 VV01    
2 13021 A: Proba V
B: Vnredsat 1A
C: ESTCube 1
7 May 2013 at 02:06 UT VV02   787 x 828 km x 98.7°
3 14024 Kazeosat 1 30 Apr 2014 at 01:35 UT VV03    
4 n/a IXV space plane 11 Feb 2015 at 13:40 UT VV04   suborbital launch
5 15028 Sentinel 2A 23 Jun 2015 at 01:51 UT VV05    
6 15070 LISA Pathfinder 3 Dec 2015 at 04:04 UT VV06   213 x 1482 km x 6°
going to L1 point
7 16058 A: Perusat 1
B: Skysat 4
C: Skysat 5
D: Skysat 6
E: Skysat 7
16 Sep 2016 at 01:43 UT VV07    
8 16073 Gokturk 1 5 Dec 2016 at 13:51 UT VV08    
9 17013 Sentinel 2B 7 Mar 2017 at 01:49 UT VV09   1208 kg
10 17044 A: Optsat 3000
B: Venus
02 aug 2017 at 01:58 UT VV10    
11 17070 Mohammed VI-A 8 Nov 2017 at 01:42 UT VV11    
12 18066 ADM-Aeolus 22 Aug 2018 at 21:19 UT VV12    
13 18095 Mohammed VI-B 21 Nov 2018 at 01:42 UT VV13    
Launched from Kourou


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