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Results of the VV17 failure investigation by the independent inquiry commission. VV18 Vega return-to-flight expected by the end of Q1 2021


Colleferro, 18 December 2020 - Avio S.p.A. announces that the Independent Inquiry Commission composed of ESA and Arianespace and supported by Avio has completed its works. The Commission has confirmed the initial hypothesis of a problem related to the integration of the fourth-stage AVUM Thrust Vector Control (TVC) system as the cause of the loss of control of the launcher. The Commission has also provided a comprehensive set of recommendations to ensure safe and prompt return to flight by end of Q1 2021, as well as to ensure launch vehicles reliability on the long term.

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A major step forward for the European reentry vehicle road map Thales Alenia Space and Avio sign with European Space Agency the Space Rider development contract


Space Rider is Europe’s next-generation reusable transportation system for low Earth orbit

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Vega C to launch the Airbus CO3D satellite constellation in 2023


Rome, 7th December 2020 - Today Arianespace and Airbus have announced the closing of the contract to launch the CO3D earth observation satellite constellation with Vega C in 2023.

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Message from the CEO about Vega VV17 mission

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Vega VV17 mission


Colleferro, 17 November 2020 – Tonight during the Vega VV17 mission with the SEOSAT-Ingenio and Taranis satellites onboard, after 8 minutes from take-off and after the nominal trajectory recorded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd stage engines and after the first nominal ignition of

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Vega continues its journey, VV18 fully booked


Just after one month from the SSMS Maiden Mission on Vega VV16, the SSMS module that will fly on the Vega VV18, scheduled for the beginning of 2021 after the next VV17 mission in November, is already fully booked.

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Vega returns to flight: mission accomplished


Flight VV16 marks the success of SSMS (Small Spacecraft Mission Service) payload adapter maiden flight. 53 micro and nanosatellites have been deployed into Sun-Synchronous orbit.

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Third successful 2020 mission for Ariane 5


During the night of the 15th of August the third successful launch of Ariane 5 took place from the French Guiana Space Center (CSG). The European launcher correctly placed into geo-stationary orbit the telecommunication satellites for B-SAT and Intelsat, plus a servicing payload for Northrop Grumman’s SpaceLogistics LLC.

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Update on Vega’s VV16 flight


The Vega launcher, after a first stop in March due to Covid 19 epidemic and a second stop in June caused by exceptionally unfavorable weather condition, is now ready to resume operations.

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Vega Flight VV16 postponed to August 18


Colleferro (Rome), 1st July 2020 – Vega VV16 flight operations have been interrupted by Arianespace due to the presence of exceptionally unfavorable high altitude easterly winds. The Vega launcher has been available and flightworthy since June 18 on the launchpad but did not receive a green light from the safety authority since then. Two launch chronology attempts were made during the past week but unfortunately interrupted shortly before lift-off due to conditions exceeding the allowable limits.

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