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Vega's four stages
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- Title Vega's four stages
- Released 03/02/2012 11:10 am
- Copyright ESA / J. Huart, 2012
Vega is aimed at carrying small and medium satellites, increasing the flexibility and competitiveness of Europe’s launcher family. It incorporates a wide range of new materials to keep its own mass low: the lighter Vega is, the more payload it can haul to orbit.
Vega’s design is guided by decades of experience building and flying Ariane launchers, with its first three solid-fuel stages derived from Ariane 5’s strap-on boosters.
A reignitable liquid-propellant fourth stage completes delivery of Vega payloads into orbit as well as hosting the avionics and thrusters to oversee the entire stack’s roll control throughout its flight.
The very first Vega lifted off from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on 13 February 2011.