Kourou, French Guyana : the Vega launcher is near-ready for its 16th flight at the end of March: all propulsion stages are now integrated on the launch pad.
Satellites being integrated at ARIANESPACE payload processing facility.
Hot firing of the first full scale thrust chamber of the M10 engine for the future LOX-CH4 third stage of Vega E, took place at Nasa Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
The upcoming Vega VV16 flight will be launched - together with the new SSMS payload dispenser - by the end of March and the integration campaign has already started.
New purchase of 4 Ariane 6.2 launches by the European Commission for the Galileo navigation constellation, on top of the 2 already booked in 2017. These satellites will be placed in Medium Earth Orbit starting in 2022.
Giulio Ranzo CEO of Avio, Ettore Scardecchia Chief Technical Officer and Andrea Preve Vega Program Manager explain how we are going towards Vega Flight on 2020
The combined test of the A1A assembly of the new Vega C launcher was held at the Guyanese Space Centre.
This system test is one of the main milestones of the Vega C development programme.