Vega flight VV19

Summary

Vega flight VV19
VV19
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Vega launch
Launch17 August 2021,
01:47 UTC[1]
OperatorArianespace
PadELV
Payload
  • Pléiades Neo 4
  • BRO-4
  • SUNSTORM
  • LEDSAT
  • RADCUBE
OutcomeSuccess
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Vega flight VV19 was the 19th launch of the Vega rocket.[1]

Payload

The main payload was the Pléiades Neo 4 satellite, complemented by 5 auxiliary payloads: BRO-4, SUNSTORM, LEDSAT, and RADCUBE. With their adapters and dispensers, the total payload mass was approximately 1,029 kilograms (2,269 lb).[1]

Pléiades Neo 4

Pléiades Neo [fr] 4, with a launch mass of about 922 kg (2,033 lb) and a design lifetime of 10 years, was in the upper position. It was injected into its target sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 620 km (semi-major axis of about 6998 km) and mean local time of the descending node approximately equal to 10:30, at the opposite of its twin Pléiades Neo 3 launched earlier onboard Vega flight VV18. It is Airbus's 133rd satellite launched by Arianespace.[1]

4 auxiliary passengers

BRO-4, SUNSTORM, LEDSAT, and RADCUBE, were in the lower position and were separated from the launcher into a slightly different sun-synchronous orbits at an altitude of approximately 547 km and mean local time of the descending node also approximately equal to 10:30.[1]

Flight

The flight was successfully launched from the ELV launch pad in Kourou, Centre Spatial Guyanais on 16 August 2021 (local time).[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Vega flight VV19 launch kit" (PDF). arianespace.com. Arianespace. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  2. ^ "19th Vega mission demonstrates Arianespace's ability to deliver for the most innovative projects for the benefits of its clients". Arianespace. 17 August 2021. Retrieved 20 August 2021.

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