A Per­fect “10” – Ari­anes­pace’s Light­weight Vega Or­bits OPTSAT-3000 and Venμs on a Mile­stone Suc­cess

India Strategic - - NUCLEAR & SPACE -

NEW DELHI. For the se­cond time this year – and the 10th over­all since en­ter­ing ser­vice in 2012 – Vega has suc­cess­fully launched a pay­load from the Space­port, with this light­weight ve­hi­cle’s lat­est mis­sion de­liv­er­ing the OPTSAT- 3000 and Venμs Earth ob­ser­va­tion satel­lites to Sun-syn­chro­nous or­bits. Lift­ing off from the Space­port’s SLV launch com­plex at pre­cisely 10:58:33 p.m. French Guiana time on Au­gust 1, Vega lofted its multi-pas­sen­ger pay­load dur­ing a flight se­quence last­ing 1 hour, 37 min­utes.

Speak­ing from the Space­port’s Jupiter con­trol room, Ari­anes­pace Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Stéphane Is­raël de­clared the launch a suc­cess and re­flected on Vega’s new “10- for-10” op­er­a­tional record, which in­cludes four of th­ese suc­cesses achieved dur­ing the past 11 months.

He added: “In five years of ac­tiv­ity, our light­weight ve­hi­cle al­ready has or­bited a to­tal of 25 satel­lites for 19 cus­tomers world­wide, both in­sti­tu­tional and com­mer­cial, serv­ing a wide range of space ap­pli­ca­tions, such as Earth ob­ser­va­tion, sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and ed­u­ca­tion.”

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