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Vega June 19, 2015

Tonight’s Vega flight with Sentinel-2A has entered the final countdown to liftoff

The final countdown is underway for Vega’s flight to orbit the Sentinel-2A Earth observation satellite, with tonight’s liftoff scheduled at precisely 10:51:58 p.m. local time in French Guiana.

This lightweight member of Arianespace’s launch vehicle family – in which it joins the medium-lift Soyuz and heavyweight Ariane 5 – now stands in a flight-ready configuration at the Spaceport’s ZLV launch site. It was protected by a mobile gantry that rolled back beginning at 2 hrs., 40 min. prior to liftoff.

Sentinel-2A is the latest satellite for Europe’s ambitious Copernicus initiative, which is headed by the European Commission in partnership with the European Space Agency. After liftoff, this Airbus Defence and Space-produced spacecraft will be deployed into a Sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of approximately 786 km. – concluding the planned flight sequence of 54 min., 43 sec.

Tonight’s flight – designated VV05 – will mark Arianespace’s fifth mission in 2015 using a member of its launcher family. It follows two previous flights for Ariane 5, plus one each with Soyuz and Vega.

Vega June 16, 2015

Arianespace’s Vega launcher is fully assembled for its upcoming flight from the Spaceport

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