European Space Agency’s Vega-C rocket succeeds flight

PARIS, July 13– The European Space Agency’s Vega-C rocket completed successfully its inaugural flight, the agency said on Wednesday. The launch was off Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana at 15:13 local time. “Today we open a new era of European launch solutions, starting with Vega-C and to be complemented by Ariane 6”, ESA Director of Space Transportation, Daniel…

PARIS, July 13 (Xinhua) — The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Vega-C rocket completed successfully its inaugural flight, the agency said on Wednesday.

The launch was off Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana at 15:13 local time. The mission “lasted about 2 hours and 15 minutes from lift-off to release of final payload and final burn of the AVUM+ upper stage engine,” the agency noted in a press release.

The Vega-C rocket is a boost compared to Vega rocket, the agency said, adding that the Vega-C is with a new powerful first stage P120C based on Vega’s P80.

According to the agency, the Attitude Vernier Upper Module (AVUM+) of the Vega-C “has increased liquid propellant capacity, to deliver payloads to multiple orbits depending on mission requirements and to allow for longer operational time in space, to enable extended missions.”

The Vega-C “can orbit larger satellites, two main payloads or accommodate various arrangements for rideshare missions,” it said.

“Today we open a new era of European launch solutions, starting with Vega-C and to be complemented by Ariane 6”, ESA Director of Space Transportation, Daniel Neuenschwander, said in the press release.

According to the agency, a new rocket variant, the Vega-E, will be effective from 2026. Enditem

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