EU COUNTRIES SIGN JOINT STATEMENT TO LAUNCH ON ARIANE 6 AND VEGA C

Colleferro, October 26, 2018 – The Spanish Minister of Science Pedro Duque announced yesterday at the European Space Agency (ESA) Interim Ministerial Conference in Madrid that Seosat Ingenio, a Spanish Earth Observation satellite, will be launched by Vega by end of 2019. Such announcement follows the recent sales of Vega during the last month for the Korean Aerospace Research Institute and for the Luxembourg Ministry of Defense. This sequence of relevant successes confirms the Vega product attractiveness for different global customers having a need to position into orbit advanced earth observation satellites.

Additionally, at the Interim Ministerial Conference yesterday, ESA, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland signed a Joint Statement to support the European launcher industry (and in particular Ariane 6 and Vega C) by recognizing the benefit of aggregating their institutional demand for launch services to ensure an independent, cost-effective, affordable, and reliable access to space for Europe. Such agreement confirms the long term strategic intent of European countries to launch their satellites with the new generation launchers Vega C and Ariane 6, thus paving the road for a successful execution of their operational phase which will start respectively in 2019 and 2020.



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