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Vega goes commercial

Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2014 | 06:30 - 06:45 GMT | 08:30 - 08:45 CEST

Replay: Fri, Apr 25, 2014 | 15:00 - 15:15 GMT | 17:00 - 17:15 CEST

Type: ESA TV Exchange

Format: 16:9

On 28 March 2013 Vega will be launched from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, carrying DZZ-HR,  an Earth Observation satellite for Kazakhstan, designed for monitoring of natural and agricultural resources, provision of mapping data and support for rescue operations.

This is a commercial mission although it’s only the 3rd launch for Europe’s  small  launcher.

ESA is currently adapting its launcher programmes to fit to the evolving satellite market while at the same time maintaining independent access to space for Europe.

This video shows Vega current launch campaign in Kourou, and images of Soyuz and Ariane 5 with graphics of Ariane 6 and includes an interview with Gaele Winters, Director of Launchers at ESA.

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Satellite Parameters: Eutelsat 9A at 9 degrees E, transponder 59, downlink frequency 11900.1 horizontally polarised, symbol rate 27,500 FEC 2/3.