Update: The countdown for launch has resumed. Liftoff is scheduled for 3 September 02:51 BST / 03:51 CEST (22:51 local time in Kourou on 2 September). The weather will be monitored constantly until the precise moment of liftoff to determine whether or not to authorise the launch.
The Vega launch vehicle and its 53 satellite payloads are in stable and fully safe conditions.
Tune in to ESA Web TV from 02:36 BST / 03:36 CEST on 3 September to watch the return to flight of Vega on its debut rideshare mission dedicated to light satellites.
This new ridesharing service is intended to grow space technologies in Europe by making it easier for those with light satellites of 1–500 kg to find convenient launch opportunities. Those riding together share the cost of launch, making it more affordable too. There are 21 customers sharing this launch.
Vega will release its 53 satellites progressively in a coordinated sequence into two Sun-synchronous orbits 515 and 530 km above Earth.
The launch window for this flight extends from 1 to 4 September, taking into consideration weather conditions and allowing for several launch attempts if necessary.
Liftoff timing for flight VV16: (postponed, please await further updates)
|French Guiana||Washington D.C.||UTC / GMT||Paris and Rome|
|22:51 on 2 September||21:51 on 2 September||01:51 on 3 September||03:51 on 3 September|
Watch live via ESA Web TV 03:36 – 05:00 CEST.
03:51 – Liftoff
04:31 – Separation from Vega of the first batch of satellites
04:43 – Separation from Vega of the second batch of satellites including ESAIL
05:33 – Separation from Vega of first CubeSat
05:36 – Final CubeSat separation
05:55 – End of the Vega mission
Join the conversation online with the Twitter hashtag #VV16.