Italian Vega light launcher hits double figures as it completes its 10th launch attempt

by | Aug 2, 2017 | commercial launch services, Launches, Satellites, Seradata News

Lifting off from the ELA-1 launch pad, Kourou, French Guiana, an Italian-built, Arianespace marketed, Vega light-launcher carried two Israeli-built Earth observation (EO) spacecraft to a sun-synchronous orbit. The launch occurred at 0158 GMT, 2 August, and marked the 10th mission for the Vega vehicle, continuing its – so far – flawless record.

The mission’s co-payloads were: the OPTSAT-3000 optical surveillance spacecraft built for the Italian Ministry of Defence by Israel Aerospace industries (IAI), as part of broader agreements made between the Italian and Israeli governments; and VENUS a joint project by the French and Israeli space agencies “to study the evolution of Earth’s vegetation” over the period of its 4-year mission, also built by IAI. VENUS also carries an electric propulsion payload built by Rafael, an Israeli defence contractor.

The Vega VV10 mission lifts off from Kourou, French Guiana. Courtesy of Arianespace.



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