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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015
Maiden Flight: 13 February 2012
Total Production: 4
Origin: France and Italy
Corporations: ESA* and Telespazio   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Vega
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015
Maiden Flight: 13 February 2012
Total Production: 4
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Description: The Vega launch vehicle is being managed by the European Space Agency (ESA) with ELV Spa (joint venture between the Italian Space Agency ASI and FiatAvio) as the launch vehicle's prime contractor. The Vega Launcher is scheduled to enter service in mid 2006 carrying small and medium-sized satellite and spacecraft payloads. The Vega launch vehicle will be capable of carrying a 3,307 lb (1,500 kg) payload to a 700 km circular orbit. Its propulsion system comprises three solid propellant stages. The P80, Zefiro 23 and Zefiro 9 solid propellant motors power the three stages respectively. The launcher is topped by the UAVM liquid propellant upper stage. The Arianespace consortium will be responsible for marketing and operation of the Vega launch system with an expected rate of 3-4 launches per year. The first launch of the Vega rocket was carried out on February 13, 2012.

Vega Specifications

Crew: 0
Number of Stages: 3
Height: 30 meter (1,181 inch)
Rocket Diameter: 3 meter
Max Lift-off Weight: 137 ton (302,028 pound)
Payload to LEO: 1,500 kilogram (3,307 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Vega News

There are 9 news between
23 Jul 2007 and 11 Jul 2019
Thursday, July 11, 2019UAE's Falcon Eye-1 Spy Satellite Destroyed during Launch
Thursday, November 30, 2017ESA Selects Preliminary Contractors for Space Rider Reusable Space Transportation System
Monday, December 5, 2016Turkish Earth Observation Satellite GokTurk-1 Launched Successfully
Wednesday, August 12, 2015ESA Awards Ariane 6 Space Launch System Development Contract to Airbus Safran Launchers
Thursday, March 26, 2015Airbus Defence and Space Selects Arianespace and Vega Rocket to Launch PeruSat-1
Monday, February 13, 2012European Space Agency Successfully Conducts First Launch of Vega Space Rocket
Wednesday, June 22, 2011European Space Agency and Thales Alenia Space Sign Agreement for Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle
Monday, April 14, 2008Thales Alenia Space Wins a Contract for Third GMES Environmental Satellite
Monday, July 23, 2007Astrium Wins Study for New Vega Upper Stage

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