India planning to resume launches next month
Vega rocket deploys 53 satellites on successful return to flight mission
Delayed a year by a launch failure, the coronavirus pandemic and a stretch of stiff upper level winds this summer, an Italian-made Vega rocket vaulted into orbit from French Guiana on Wednesday night and deployed 53 small satellites from 13 countries to punctuate a flawless return to flight mission.
Live coverage: Vega rocket launches with 53 small satellites
Long-delayed Vega rocket launch could happen Wednesday night
After weather delays, Arianespace delays Vega launch to recharge batteries
After an unusual stretch of excessive high-altitude winds prevented launch from French Guiana of 53 small satellites on a Vega rocket in June — and no sign of a letup in winds in the coming days — Arianespace said Wednesday that the mission will be delayed to Aug. 17 to allow time for teams to recharge launcher and payload batteries.
Live coverage: Vega launch of 53 smallsats again delayed by high-altitude winds
After months of delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Arianespace scrubbed back-to-back Vega launch attempts Saturday and Sunday due to unfavorable high-altitude winds over the European-run Guiana Space Center in South America. The Vega rocket is awaiting launch on a rideshare mission carrying 53 small satellites into orbit for 21 customers in 13 countries.
Cluster of international satellites ready for ride into orbit on Vega rocket
Vega rocket’s return-to-flight launch waits for improved wind conditions
Italian maker of Vega rocket says launch remains on track for later this month
The head of Italian rocket-maker Avio said Thursday that preparations are proceeding without interruption for the launch of a Vega rocket later this month in French Guiana, but officials have adjusted work schedules at the company’s Vega manufacturing plant near Rome in response to the coronavirus outbreak.