Space, Arianespace: “The mission with Vega was a success”

The European made in Italy launcher has brought 3 Ceres satellites into orbit. Israeli CEO: “This launch shows its exceptional versatility”

The mission carried out with the European made in Italy Vega launcher was a “success” which “brought three Ceres satellites into orbit” and which departed at 6:27 local time from the Kourou space base in French Guiana. To announce it it is Arianespace who successfully carried out the 20th launch of Vega (Vv20), the 12th launch of the year and the third with the light launcher Vega. What happened today was also the 300th launch of Arianespace from the Guiana Space Center. “This mission shows the exceptional versatility of the Vega launcher” commented Stéphane Israël, CEO of Arianespace. “Our light launcher – Israeli noted – had put two Pleiades Neo constellation satellites into orbit for Airbus this year, along with nine auxiliary payloads, and today let’s continue this series with three Ceres satellites “. The CEO of Arianepsace thanked “the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, the Dga and the Cnes for continuing to entrust us with their missions, and I also congratulate all those responsible for this success in Arianespace and Avio, the prime contractor of Vega. is the third success in less than a month for our family of launchers, Ariane, Vega and Soyuz. “

The Vega launcher is built by the Italian Avio – in the Colleferro plants, a few kilometers from Rome – which is prime contractor. Vega, remembers Arianespace, “is perfectly suited to the institutional market and thanks to its performance and versatility, Arianespace offers customers the best possible solutions to orbit their small and medium payloads for a wide range of applications such as Earth observation, science , education, defense “. The three satellites Ceres (Capacité de Renseignement Électromagnétique Spatiale) launched today by Arianespace with a Vega they are designed to pick up intelligence signals (Sigint) from areas inaccessible to surface sensors, excluding restrictions on flying over airspace and in all weather conditions. ”Arianespace explains.

Arianespace stresses that the three satellites “will greatly improve visual situational awareness to support the design and execution of military operations. A state-of-the-art system, Ceres allows France to join the highly select club of nations with these advanced capabilities. ”Airbus Defense and Space is the primary contractor for the space segment, and is co-prime with Thales Defense Mission Systems, responsible of the payload and the ground segment. In addition, Thales Alenia Space acts as a subcontractor of Airbus Defense and Space for the supply of the satellite platform “adds the player.