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This section provides detailed information on Europe’s newest rocket Vega.

This first launch, flight VV01, will mark the completion of nine years of development by ESA and its partners, Italian space agency ASI, French space agency CNES and industry.

Vega will provide Europe with a safe, reliable and competitive capacity to carry science and Earth observation satellites into orbit, while perfectly complementing the heavy Ariane 5 and medium Soyuz rockets already launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

More information on Vega

Vega VV01
Vega VV01

Vega launcher
Programme milestones
Flight VV01 overview

For download

Vega press kit (English)
Vega press kit (Français)
Vega press kit (Italiano)
Vega factsheet
Vega flyer
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Images & videos

Photo gallery: Vega VV01 launch campaign
Photo gallery: Vega test campaign
Photo gallery: Vega launcher (artist's views)
Vega on Flickr: Vega VV01 launch campaign

Video: Vega at Europe's Spaceport
Video: First Vega on launch pad
Video: VNR - Vega qualification flight
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Timelapse movie: First Vega launch campaign, from assembly to rollout
Timelapse movie: Launch countdown rehearsal

Contact information:

ESA Media Relations Office
ESA/HQ
Communication Department
Tel: +33 1 53 69 72 99
Fax: +33 1 53 69 76 90
Email: media@esa.int

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