Recently, European launch provider Arianespace succeeded in launching its Vega rocket. The mission required the rocket to deploy every satellite it was carrying into the orbit.
The flight’s main purpose was to demonstrate a unique launch dispenser developed by the ESA (the European Space Agency) and Avio, capable of sending various satellites in one trip only. The launch comprises satellites from Kepler, Swarm Technologies, Planet, and more. Their tasks are to survey the conditions on Earth, track ships, monitor air quality, and much more. Here is what you need to know.
Rocket Vega Mission Insights and Other Plans
It’s been more than a year since Arianespace’s rocket, Vega, has been in space. Back in 2019, the rocket encountered some issues just two minutes into lift-off after its two stages departed, and its top stage ignited.
The issue brought a colossal failure. The rocket and the military satellite it was carrying were destroyed. Arianespace stated that there was a structural failure in part of the second stage’s motor. But, now that Vega is active again, Arianespace has big plans for the rocket.
Stella Guillen, the vice president of sales and marketing for Arianespace, noted that medium-size Vega would be able to send lots of satellites in one ride only. Such a thing will minimize costs.
Guillen also explained how a more powerful variant of Vega, dubbed Vega-C, will be able to do boost maneuvers in flight. By doing that, the vehicle will drop many satellites at different orbits if necessary.
Arianespace’s other rockets include the Ariane 5 (will be upgraded to Ariane 6), which is utilized to launch bigger missions to higher orbits. Guillen stated: “[…] Vega-C and the Ariane 6 complement each other very well so that we can basically launch any size to any orbit at any time.” Such goals will surely bring Arianespace a lot of success and praise.
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