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Conclusion of the VV22 failure investigation by the independent inquiry commission. Next Vega flight expected by the end of summer 2023 and next Vega C flight by the end of 2023


Colleferro, 03 March 2023 - Avio S.p.A.

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A message from our CEO Giulio Ranzo regarding flight VV22


Avio is working with its partners to identify the cause of the anomaly that has led to the premature ending of the Vega C VV22 mission. 

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The European Commission signs a record contract for 5 Vega C launches for the Copernicus constellation


Rome, 29 November 2022 – Avio announces the signature of a contract by Arianespace with the European Commission for five Vega C launches for the Copernicus earth observation constellation satellites, to be executed between 2024 to 2026.

The satellites will be used, among other things, to accurately monitor land surface and ocean temperatures, air quality, and to improve the estimation of global emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants in order to support the achievement of the global decarbonization and emissions reduction goals.

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Flight VV22 postponement


Due to a defective equipment that needs to be replaced on the launcher, Flight VV22 –initially scheduled for November 24, from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana– is being postponed.

The Vega C launch vehicle and the two Pléiades Neo satellites are in safe conditions.

A new launch date, in December, will be shared as soon as possible.

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Vega C successfully completed its maiden flight


Kourou (French Guiana), 13 July 2022 – The Vega C rocket has completed its inaugural flight, placing the main payload LARES-2 – a scientific mission of the Italian Space Agency ASI – into its planned orbit. Six additional research CubeSats from France, Italy and Slovenia flew as secondary payloads.

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First Ariane 5 launch of 2022 is a success


On Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 06:50 pm local time, an Ariane 5 launcher lifted off from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana (South America), successfully orbiting two geostationary telecommunication satellites, MEASAT-3d and GSAT-24.

The Ariane 5 heavy-lift launcher is an ESA program carried out in cooperation between public institutions and industry across 12 European partner states.

Avio is responsible for the P230 solid rocket boosters of the launcher. 

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Vega successfully launches Ceres satellites


On its 20th flight, Vega delivered in orbit three CERES satellites for CNES and the French Ministry of Defence. The third successful launch in the last six months

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Flight VV19: another success for Vega


With flight VV19, Vega successfully puts in Sun-Synchronous orbit Pléiades Neo 4 along with four small satellites in ride-share, including one for the University “La Sapienza” of Rome.

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Two geostationary telecommunication satellites, Star One D2 and EUTELSAT QUANTUM, have been placed into orbit

Colleferro (Rome), 31st July 2021 – Ariane 5 successfully placed two geostationary telecommunication satellites, Star One D2 and EUTELSAT QUANTUM, correctly in orbit. Star One D2 is a high-capacity multi-mission satellite equipped with Ku, Ka, C and X-band transponders that will expand the broadband coverage to new regions of Central and South America, by providing Internet access to underserved populations.

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Vega's flight VV18: mission accomplished


With flight VV18, Vega successfully puts in Sun-Synchronous orbit the French satellite Pléiades Neo 3 along with several small satellites in ride-share.

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