Vega flight VV18


Vega flight VV18
CNES CSG poster artwork
Vega launch
Launch29 April 2021,
01:50 UTC[1][2]
  • Pléiades Neo 3
  • NorSat-3
  • Bravo
  • 2 Lemur-2
  • ELO Alpha
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Vega flight VV18 was the 18th launch of the Vega rocket.[1]


The main payload was the Pléiades Neo 3 satellite, complemented by 5 auxiliary payloads: NorSat-3, Bravo, 2 Lemur-2, and ELO Alpha. With their adapters and dispensers, the total payload mass was approximately 1,278 kilograms (2,818 lb).[1]

Pléiades Neo 3

Pléiades Neo [fr] 3, with a launch mass of about 920 kg (2,030 lb) and a design lifetime of 8 to 10 years, was in the upper position. It was injected 54 minutes and 29 secondes after launch into its target sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 628 km (semi-major axis of about 7006 km) and mean local time of the descending node approximately equal to 10:30. Pléiades Neo 3 is Airbus's 131st satellite launched by Arianespace.[1]

5 auxiliary passengers

NorSat-3, Bravo, the 2 Lemur-2, and ELO Alpha, were in the lower position and were separated from the launcher 1 hour, 41 minutes and 52 secondes after launch into their sun-synchronous orbits at an altitude of approximately 613 km and mean local time of the descending node also approximately equal to 10:30.[1]


The flight was successfully launched from the ELV launch pad in Kourou, Centre Spatial Guyanais on 29 April 2021.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Vega flight VV18 launch kit" (PDF). Arianespace. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Arianespace's 18th Vega mission to orbit Earth observation and scientific satellites". Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  3. ^ "18th Vega mission marks Arianespace's second successful launch in 72 hours". Arianespace. 29 April 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.

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