September 16, 2016

Vega launches successfully on seventh flight from Guiana Space Centre

Friday 16 September, Vega accomplished a flawless launch from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) on its seventh successful mission since its maiden flight in 2012, orbiting PerúSAT-1, Peru’s first Earth-observation satellite, and SkySats-4, 5, 6 and 7, four Earth-observation microsatellites.

With a launch mass of around 430 kilograms, PerúSAT-1 is a satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space for CONIDA, the Peruvian space agency. It is Peru’s first very-high-resolution optical Earth-observation satellite, carrying a latest-generation sensing instrument. PerúSAT-1’s mission will be to acquire imagery of the globe from its 695-kilometre operational orbit. It has an expected service life of 10 years.

The four SkySats microsatellites to be operated by Earth-observation company Terra Bella each weigh 110 kilograms, for a total launch mass of 440 kilograms. They will join the three other Earth-observing microsatellites already operating after being injected into a 500-kilometre Sun-synchronous orbit from where they will map the planet’s surface in 3D at high resolution.

Hailing this new launch for Vega, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall commented: “This latest success for Vega is down to the efforts of all the teams at ESA, ASI, Arianespace, across the European space industry—particularly in Italy—and of course at CNES. With this seventh straight success, Vega is continuing to gain maturity as the latest valuable addition rounding out Europe’s family of launchers at the Guiana Space Centre.”

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