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Vega And Gokturk-1A are present for next Arianespace lightweight mission
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Oct 27, 2016
Preparations are now underway for Arianespace's next flight with its lightweight Vega, set for December 5, with the launcher taking shape at the Spaceport and the mission's GOKTURK-1A payload for Turkey delivered to French Guiana. The launch vehicle build-up process began with Vega's P80 first stage rollout from the zone where solid propellant stages are prepared at the Spaceport. Riding atop a heavy-duty transporter, the P80 was transferred to the SLV launch site, marking the first step in Vega's ... read more

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