ESA Establishes Vega Testing Campaign Agreement with Arianespace
[Satellite TODAY 02-01-10] Arianespace signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) defining the legal responsibilities and operational services Arianespace will provide during the combined testing and integration of the Vega launch vehicle, Arianespace announced Jan. 29.
Vega, co-financed by Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden, will undergo testing at Arianespace’s Guiana Space Center starting in April. The tests will be based on a launch campaign rehearsal using a representative launcher model in order to validate ground and launcher interfaces as well as the procedures for launcher operation and control.
Following the qualification phase, the first five Vega launches, set to begin at the end of 2010, will be part of the Verta (Vega Research and Technology Accompaniment) development support program set up by ESA under a contract framework signed with Arianespace in December.
The Vega launcher primarily will be used for scientific and Earth observation missions.
Arianespace to Launch First Ten Galileo Satellites Satellite Today January 27, 2010
[Satellite TODAY 01-27-10] The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Arianespace to launch the first 10 Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites in Europe s planned Galileo satellite positioning system, Arianespace announced Jan. 26.
Arianespace CEO: Kourou On-Target to Debut Soyuz Service in 2010 Satellite News December 9, 2009
[Satellite News 12-09-09] Arianespace is on schedule to introduce its new medium-lift launch service in 2010, according to CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall, who celebrated the company s 30th anniversary at its U.S. headquarters in Washington D.C.
Middle Path to Space Via Satellite August 1, 2009
Big remains beautiful in the satellite business, but launch vehicle operators are preparing new offerings to meet expected demand from commercial and government customers for small- and medium-class rockets that can deliver smaller payloads more…