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February 4, 2015

Vega

By Arianespace | February 15, 2016

The Arianespace commercial launcher family was expanded in 2012 with the addition of Vega, a new-generation vehicle for flights with small- to medium-sized satellite payloads. This European four-stage launcher is tailored to carry the growing number of small scientific spacecraft and other lighter-weight payloads under development or planned worldwide. Vega's target payload lift capability is 1,500 kg. on missions to a 700-km. circular orbit. Vega has an essential role within the family of European launchers, joining Ariane 5 (which is optimized for large satellites on missions to geostationary transfer orbit, and low-Earth orbits with very heavy payloads), and Soyuz (tailored for medium weight payloads for low-Earth orbit and certain smaller GTO spacecraft).

ELV S.P.A. INDUSTRIAL PRIME CONTRACTOR

PAYLOAD TO CPO: 1,500 KG

AVG. LAUNCH RATE: 1-2/YR

APPLICATIONS: SCIENCE, EARTH OBSERVATION, ETC.

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February 4, 2015