Third mission for Europe’s VEGA launcher
VEGA, the Advanced Generation European Carrier Rocket resulting from the cooperation between the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the European Space Agency (ESA), has been successfully launched into space for the third time. Lift off from Kourou space centre, French Guyana, took place on the night between April 29 and 30 2014, one day later than expected due to a technical problem with the ventilation system.
This is the third launch into orbit of this small launcher that has been mainly built in Italy by the ELV company of Colleferro, near Rome, and its first commercial flight. During its recent launch, Vega put into orbit the first Kazakh satellite for the observation of the Earth, called Dzz-hr and developed by Airbus Defence and Space.
The small satellite, weighing 900 kilograms, was released into orbit 750 kilometres from Earth and will provide high-resolution multispectral images of our Planet that will be used in a number of civil applications, including monitoring of natural and agriculture resources, mapping of territories, environmental monitoring, supporting natural disaster management as well as territorial surveillance.
The new Vega mission is a further step towards the so-called “multimission” flight qualification of the new software, called FPS-A, entirely developed under the Italian leadership of ELV, an Italian subsidiary of the Italian Space Agency, that was responsible for the development of the entire launcher.