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LARES-2 (Maiden flight)

Vega-C

European Space Agency

Launch Status
Success

Mission


LARES-2 (Maiden flight)

  • Type: Earth Science
  • Orbit: Medium Earth Orbit
  • Launch Cost: $48,000,000

Maiden flight of the Vega-C launch vehicle, carrying the LARES-2 passive satellite. It is a 40 cm diameter sphere with laser mirrors to study the Earth gravitational field and relativistic effects. Also onboard are six European research cubesats.

Location


Ariane Launch Area 1

Kourou, French Guiana

Ariane Launch Area 1 has witnessed the launch of 49 rockets, including 49 orbital launch attempts, while Kourou, French Guiana, has been the site for 320 rocket launches.

Ariane Launch Area 1

Rocket


Avio S.p.A Vega-C

Vega-C

Agency


European Space Agency

The European Space Agency is an intergovernmental organisation of 22 member states. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris, France, ESA has a worldwide staff of about 2,000 employees.

ESA’s space flight programme includes human spaceflight (mainly through participation in the International Space Station program); the launch and operation of unmanned exploration missions to other planets and the Moon; Earth observation, science and telecommunication; designing launch vehicles; and maintaining a major spaceport, the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou, French Guiana.

European Space Agency
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