Ariane Space Vega Rocket The European booster is ready to put 53 satellites into orbit tonight (June 28), preparing for an epic flight.
Bad weather, Ariane Space Vega Rocket will launch a huge ride mission Guyana Space Center At 9:51 pm in Courou, French Guiana, Eastern Time (10:51 pm local time in the United States; June 29, 0151 GMT). The rocket carries satellite payloads from 13 countries. You can watch the live broadcast on Space.com provided by Arianespace or directly through Arianespace on YouTube.
This will be Since the launch failed more than a year ago, the Vega Rocket has begun. On July 10, 2019, Vega suffered a “major anomaly”
Arianespace said that due to bad weather, today’s planned launch has been postponed since June 18, if the weather is not good tonight, it may be postponed again. The latest launch attempt was on Saturday (June 27), when strong winds prevented the launch.
“Due to favorable changes in weather conditions, another attempt will be made on Sunday, June 28,” Arianespace representative Said in the statement. “Vega launch vehicle and its 53 spacecraft payloads are in a stable and safe state”
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This new task will be the development of Vega features. The four-stage rocket will conduct a proof-of-concept flight for its small spacecraft mission service (SSMS), which will send dozens of satellites to 20 customers.
This service is Arianespace’s response to a larger industry hub, which is no longer launching large single satellites into space. Although some large satellites are indeed still launched on the company’s rockets, in recent years, as computers and small satellite components have become smaller and cheaper, the demand for micro satellites has grown exponentially. In the description of the mission, Arianespace pointed out that the launch will “solve the nano and microsatellite market segment to meet institutional and commercial needs.”
The European Space Agency (ESA) provided funding for SSMS hardware development and (in cooperation with the European Union) proof-of-concept flight. ESA said in a separate statement that given the large number of satellites launched each time reduces the personal costs of participants, more customers are already eager to participate in the next Vega ride-sharing opportunity.
“This one [demand] ESA’s Vega development program manager Renato Lafranconi said in a statement: “We are confident that this new service will become an important part of Vega’s startup service.”
The huge satellite transmission includes 46 cube satellites and 7 microsatellites, which are deployed in a special distributor with two parts. The lower part can accommodate up to six nano satellites or up to twelve slightly larger cube satellites. The upper part is used for microsatellites, small satellites and small satellites. ESA said that another splitter configuration may see large satellites at the top and occupy many satellites at the bottom.
In this large launch team, the following are some payloads:
- Canadian startup GHGSat Inc. launched its first satellite in 2016, which carried a new satellite on Vega. A satellite called GHGSat-C1 will monitor greenhouse gas emissions.
- Slovenia’s first microsatellite NEMO-HD will start imaging the earth. The satellite is an artificial satellite of the Slovenian Center for Excellence in Space Science and Technology and is manufactured by the Space Flight Laboratory at the University of Toronto Aerospace Institute.
- UPMSat-2 is an educational technology demonstration microsatellite led by the Institute of Political University of Madrid (Madrid Technical University). Its purpose is to “give students the ability to design, analyze, build, integrate, test, and operate the platform,” Arianespace said.
- The maritime tracking satellite ESAIL will be the first commercial microsatellite for monitoring ships developed under the ESA plan. The satellite was manufactured by LuxSpace in Luxembourg for a Canadian company called Precision Earth, which operates ship tracking satellite constellations. The ship will automatically transmit signals visible from the track, displaying information such as the ship’s nationality and port of departure.
ESA stated that when the upper part of Vega reaches space, the rocket’s satellite distributor will release the satellites in a coordinated order. The satellite will be deployed in “Sun Synchronous Orbit”, which is a near-polar orbit, which allows the satellite to cross the same part of the earth at the same local time of the day. The satellite will operate at an altitude of 310 miles (500 kilometers).
After all the satellites are deployed, the upper layer of the rocket will push the distributor back to the Earth’s atmosphere safely, avoiding the problem of the distributor becoming dead space.
If this mission is successfully completed, Arianespace said it plans to implement more ride-sharing on the upcoming Vega-C launcher, which is a light rocket that will eventually replace Vega. Vega-C’s first test flight is expected to take place at the end of 2020.
The new launcher Arianespace said in a statement: “An additional weight of 700 kg will be provided [roughly 1,500 lbs.] Arianespace added that in a wider range of transmitter fairings, the increase in capacity and volume will be realized, while the launch cost of Vega is the same as before.