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The new success of the European Vega launcher that will put five satellites into orbit

The new success of the European Vega launcher that will put five satellites into orbit

The smallest Vega rocket launched five satellites into European missiles from Monday, August 16 to Tuesday, August 17. “More than ever, Vega is positioning itself as a pillar of Europe’s autonomy of space access.”, Commented Stephen Israel, Chairman and CEO of Arianspace.

The rocket took off from the space center in Koro, Guyana at 10:47 pm (3:47 am KST), lasting nearly two hours.

Within an hour of takeoff, the Plato’s Neo 4 satellite was placed in orbit at an altitude of 625 kilometers. This high-resolution optical satellite, which weighs a ton, was produced by Airbus Defense and Space Intelligence, which operates it.

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This sophisticated instrument has been in orbit since April 28, the second of four satellites in the Pleiades neo-galaxy. With unparalleled accuracy, it should allow a resolution of 30 centimeters for the global protection of the earth. In addition to this accuracy, the galaxy should provide increased reactivity.

Four nano satellites

The next satellites in this series are to be launched into space by 2022 via the future Vega C. Vega launched four nano satellites into orbit. Used by three European space agencies: Optical monitoring of satellites in low orbit; Radcube for space weather measurements; Solar storm to observe X-rays emitted during sunlight. Fourth, BRO-4, for French start-up Unseenlabs. It is part of the BRO satellite constellation designed for maritime traffic monitoring based on ships’ electromagnetic signatures.

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This is the second launch of the nineteenth Vega rocket since the start of the year 2012 on the ArianeSpace. Fifteen days after the missile was launched in 2012, it is the third launch this year in Coro. 5

World with AFP

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