Type: Dedicated Rideshare
Launch Cost: $37,000,000
The Vega POC (Proof Of Concept) flight will be the first mission of the SSMS (Small Spacecraft Mission Service), a modular carbon fiber dispenser, a program initiated by ESA in 2016, with the contribution of the European Commission. For all the European partners involved, its purpose is to address the burgeoning institutional and commercial small spacecraft market with a new rideshare concept.
Payload includes dozens of satellites: Athena, ION CubeSat Carrier, ESAIL, NEMO-HD, GHGSat C1, six Flock-v cubesats, several Lemur-2 cubesats, twelve SpaceBEE nanosats, FSSCat A & B, RTAF-Sat, DIDO 3, IGOSat, PICASSO, PINO, PIXL, QARMAN, SIMBA, TRISAT, Casaa-Sat, TTU-100, and more.
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Ariane Launch Area 1
Kourou, French Guiana
317 rockets have launched from Kourou, French Guiana.
Vega – Avio S.p.A
- Family: Vega
- Length: 29.9 m
- Diameter: 3.025 m
- Launch Mass: 137 T
- Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 1500 kg
The Vega was manufactured by Avio S.p.A with the first launch on 2012-02-13. Vega has 18 successful launches and 2 failed launches with a total of 20 launches. Vega is the smallest lifter in the current Arianespace family.
Arianespace – ASA
- Type: Commercial
- Abbreviation: ASA
- Administration: CEO: Stéphane Israël
- Founded: 1980
- Launchers: Ariane | Vega
- Country: FRA
Arianespace SA is a multinational company founded in 1980 as the world’s first commercial launch service provider. It undertakes the production, operation, and marketing of the Ariane programme. Their vehicles launch exclusively from French Guiana in South America.