Vega flight VV12


Vega flight VV12
A Vega launch vehicle and the Aeolus satellite depicted in front of the Earth.
CNES CSG sticker artwork
Vega launch
Launch22 August 2018 (2018-08-22), 21:20:09 UTC
PadKourou ELV
Vega launches
← VV11
VV13 →

Vega flight VV12 was the launch of the ADM-Aeolus satellite by the 12th Vega launcher.[1]


The payload, composed of the ADM-Aeolus satellite, its adapter, and its dispenser, was approximately 1,433 kilograms (3,159 lb) in total mass.[2]

Aeolus is a Doppler lidar wind profiler satellite of the European Space Agency. It had a launch mass of 1,357 kilograms (2,992 lb) and a 3 years design lifetime. It was released 54 minutes and 57 seconds after launch into a very low dawn-dusk orbit, at an altitude of roughly 320 km.[3]

It was the European Space Agency's 72nd and Airbus's 120th satellite launched by Arianespace.[2]


The launch occurred from the ELV launch pad at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, on 22 August 2018 at 21:20:09 UTC (22 August 2018 at 18:20:09 local time). It was the 299th Arianespace mission (the 5th in 2018), the 50th (the 8th Earth observation mission) for the European Space Agency, and the 12th successful Vega launch (the 1st in 2018).[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Vega VV12". Spaceflight101. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Flight VV12: Another successful launch by Arianespace and Vega for ESA and sustainable development". Arianespace. 22 August 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Vega flight VV12 launch kit" (PDF). Arianespace. Retrieved 12 June 2020.

External links