Vega launches Earth observation satellite for Morocco
by Staff Writers
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Nov 21, 2018
Arianespace has launched a Vega rocket to deliver an Earth observation satellite into orbit for the Kingdom of Morocco.
Liftoff of Vega's 13th mission from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana came at 01:42 GMT on 21 November (02:42 CET; 22:42 local time on 20 November).
With a mass at liftoff of 1108 kg, Mohammed VI-B was manoeuvred into its target Sun-synchronous orbit about 55 minutes into the mission after two burns of Vega's upper stage.
Complying with debris regulations to help keep space clean, Vega's upper stage fired a final time to ensure direct reentry and burn up high in the atmosphere over the ocean.
Vega is a 30 m-high, four-stage vehicle designed to accommodate small scientific and Earth observation payloads of 300-2500 kg, depending on the orbit.
GHGSat selects Arianespace to launch GHGSat-C1 on Vega
Paris (SPX) Nov 16, 2018
Arianespace has been selected by GHGSat Inc. to launch the GHGSat-C1 satellite on the Vega launch vehicle as part of the Small Spacecraft Mission Service flight in 2019. Montreal, Canada-based GHGSat is building the GHGSat-C1 spacecraft to measure greenhouse gases emissions from industrial facilities around the world. GHGSat-C1 is a follow-on to the GHGSat-D spacecraft that has been operational in orbit since June 2016. Toronto-based Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) is providing the satellite p ... read more
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