Vega lifts off from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana (photo: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique Video du CSG)

Vega - Europe’s new 'lighter, quicker, cheaper' launcher

The launch of Europe's first lightweight rocket, Vega, is a milestone for French aerospace company Arianespace - which is meeting a growing and increasingly competitive global market to put small satellites into orbit. The event was also a triumph for Poland, Romania and Hungary whose first-ever satellites were part of the maiden flight.

VEGA, the newest rocket from French company Arianespace lifted off on its maiden flight carrying nine payloads into space including a 37cm spherical ‘ball of mirrors’ satellite, a physics experiment to test Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

Its other eight satellites – weighing from a kilo t...

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Dr. Emily Baldwin
The objective of the Vega series is to provide Europe reliable and economical access to space for an increasingly important class of satellite weighting less than 2.5 tonnes
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