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  • Vega rocket sends MOHAMMED VI–A satellite to orbit on next-to-last Kourou flight of 2017

    Jason RhianNovember 7th, 2017

    Lighting the skies above the jungles of Kourou, French Guiana, an Arianespace Vega rocket lifted off from the Kourou Space Centre's ELV at 10:42 p.m. GFT (8:42 p.m. EST) on November 7 (01:42 GMT on Nov. 8), 2017. The payload for this flight was the MOHAMMED VI–A satellite which Vega sent on its way to a Sun-synchronous orbit.

  • Arianespace poised to launch Vega with MOHAMMED VI–A satellite

    Jason RhianNovember 5th, 2017

    Arianespace is ready to launch the MOHAMMED VI–A satellite on behalf of the Kingdom of Morocco on November 7, 2017, at 10:42 p.m. local time (01:42 GMT Nov. 8). The spacecraft is slated to lift off from the Guiana Space Centre's Vega Launch Complex (SLV) and will mark the 10th flight of the year for the Courcouronnes, Essonne, France-based firm. 

  • ESA launches 10th Vega rocket

    Christopher PaulAugust 2nd, 2017

    A Vega rocket delivered two satellites to orbit at 9:58 p.m. EDT on Aug. 1 (01:58 GMT Aug. 2), 2017, from the European Space Agency's (ESA's) Vega launch complex in Kourou, French Guiana. This was the 10th flight of the small, solid-fueled launch vehicle, which included improvements in its payload fairing and launch pad design.

  • Vega flight VV09 sends Sentinel-2B satellite to space

    Curt GodwinMarch 7th, 2017

    Cloudy skies posed no issue as Arianespace's Vega launch vehicle successfully delivered its Sentinel-2B payload into orbit on Flight VV09.

  • Sentinel-2B satellite set for launch atop European Vega rocket

    Curt GodwinMarch 5th, 2017

    Arianespace, a France-based multinational commercial launch provider, is in the final stages of readying its Vega rocket to send the Sentinel-2B Earth-observation satellite into a Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO).

  • Vega Rocket carries Göktürk-1 into orbit

    Jose FloresDecember 5th, 2016

    KOUROU, French Guiana — Like an arrow shot into the sky, a Vega rocket leapt off the pad at Guyana Space Center's Vega Launch Complex (SLV), carrying the Göktürk-1 into orbit. Arianespace's tenth mission of the year, designated VV08, took off on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at 13:51 GMT and successfully inserted Göktürk-1 into a Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) at 14:49 GMT.

  • Vega rocket to send Turkish Earth-observing satellite into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 3rd, 2016

    Arianespace is gearing up for its tenth mission of the year that will launch the Göktürk-1 Earth-observing spacecraft for the Turkish Armed Forces. The satellite will be launched by the company’s light-lift Vega booster on Dec. 5 at 13:51 GMT (8:51 a.m. EST) from the Vega Launch Complex (SLV) in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • ESA’s Sentinel 2B spacecraft steps into the spotlight

    Jacques van OeneNovember 17th, 2016

    NOORDWIJK, the Netherlands — The European Space Agency is preparing to launch the Sentinel 2B spacecraft atop a Vega rocket from Kourou, French Guiana. The mission was highlighted during a tour conducted in the Netherlands – and SpaceFlight Insider was there.

  • Vega launcher sends PerúSAT-1 and four SkySat satellites into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 16th, 2016

    Arianespace has successfully conducted its seventh mission of the year on Thursday, Sept. 15, sending PerúSAT-1 spacecraft and four SkySat micro-satellites into space atop a Vega launcher. The rocket lifted off at 10:43 p.m. local time on Sept. 15 (9:43 p.m. EDT; 1:43 GMT on Sept. 16), from the Vega Launch Complex (SLV) in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Vega launcher to orbit five satellites on its seventh mission

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 14th, 2016

    Arianespace is gearing up for the seventh launch of the Vega rocket in its series, which will place into orbit PerúSAT-1 and four SkySat satellites. The launcher is scheduled to lift off from the Vega Launch Complex (SLV) in Kourou, French Guiana, at 10:43 p.m. local time on Sept. 15 (9:43 p.m. EDT; 1:43 GMT on Sept. 16).

  • Arianespace announces busy 2016 launch manifest

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 8th, 2016

    European commercial launch provider Arianespace has announced this week a busy 2016 launch manifest, targeting up to 11 missions this year. The company plans to conduct a record number of eight flights of its workhorse Ariane 5 heavy-lift vehicle. This year's launch schedule also includes two launches of the lightweight Vega rocket, and one using the medium-lift Soyuz booster.

  • LISA Pathfinder launched on gravitational experiment

    Joe LatrellDecember 3rd, 2015

    After a one-day delay, the LISA Pathfinder mission was successfully launched on board a Vega rocket. The mission took to the skies early Thursday morning at 1:04 a.m. local time (04:04 GMT) on Dec. 3, 2015, from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • ESA’s LISA Pathfinder mission delayed

    Joe LatrellDecember 1st, 2015

    ESA has delayed their VV06 launch campaign for the flight of the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft. The Vega rocket to be used for the mission has developed an issue requiring engineering analysis before the launch can move forward. Launch had been slated for Dec. 2 at 21:00 GFT - it is unclear when the flight might occur.

  • LISA Pathfinder mission set to launch on ESA’s Vega rocket

    Jason RhianNovember 30th, 2015

    Arianespace, on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), has a Vega rocket poised ready for a planned December 2, 2015, launch from Kourou, French Guiana. The payload for this flight is the LISA Pathfinder, formerly known as Small Missions for Advanced Research in Technology-2 (SMART-2) spacecraft.

  • ESA prepares IXV spaceplane for November launch

    Jim SharkeyJuly 10th, 2014

    The European Space Agency (ESA ) is about to begin the testing of its unmanned Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) in preparation for its first launch, scheduled for November of this year. The tests will be conducted at the agency’s Technical Centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands and are scheduled to begin on July 11.