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Vega test campaign - April 2011

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A dry-run with a full-scale mock-up of ESA’s small Vega launcher was completed at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana in April 2011.

This rehearsal of the final countdown tested launch operations and the rollout of the mobile gantry. One particular test showed that the vehicle and the pad structure could withstand high winds during the hours before launch.

Other important work included Vega ventilation and thermal testing, inertial platform alignment and performance testing, and umbilical tests.

Watch video of dry-run

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