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Vega November 9, 2021

Arianespace will launch three CERES Earth observation satellites for French defense and security applications on board Vega

- Following the successful launch of SYRACUSE 4A on October 23, the CERES satellites from the Ministry of the Armed Forces will be launched on November 16, 2021. The CERES project is conducted by the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) at the benefit of the armed forces, while the French space agency CNES assists DGA for project management.

– This launch, VV20, will be the 20th mission carried out by the Vega light launcher. Since entering service with Arianespace in early 2012, Vega has amply proven its flexibility by orbiting a total of 108 satellites, in both single and multiple launches.

– It will also be the 300th launch of the Arianespace launcher family from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, once again proving the reliability and availability of the three launchers in this family, Ariane, Soyuz and Vega, operated by Arianespace from CSG.

Twelfth launch by Arianespace in 2021, the Vega light launcher will lift off, for the third time this year, from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, on November 16, 2021. It will carry on board three CERES satellites for the French Ministry of the Armed Forces.

The CERES program comprises three satellites flying in formation in low Earth orbit (LEO). Equipped with high-performance sensors, these satellites also offer all-weather, daily revisit frequency and are capable of collecting data enabling the characterization and location of transmitters. Airbus Defence and Space is the prime contractor for the space segment, comprising three satellites, and is co-prime with Thales Defence Mission Systems, in charge of the payload and user ground segment. CNES assists DGA for project management; it supplies and operates the satellite control ground segment.

This mission shows once again that Vega is perfectly suited for government applications. Thanks to its versatility and performance, Vega provides the best launch solution for small and medium satellites intended for a wide range of orbits (Sun-synchronous, ballistic, transfer to Lagrange point L1, etc.) and applications (Earth observation, science, learning, defense, etc.).

Ten European countries contribute to Vega, which was developed by ESA, with the Italian space agency ASI as lead contributor and Avio (based in Colleferro, Italy) as the launcher prime contractor. Avio is in charge of all industrial operations up to liftoff. Vega has been part of the Arianespace launcher family since its first flight in 2012.

About Arianespace

Arianespace uses space to make life better on Earth by providing launch services for all types of satellites into all orbits. It has orbited over 1000 satellites since 1980, using its family of three launchers, Ariane, Soyuz and Vega, from launch sites in French Guiana (South America) and from the Russian cosmodromes in Baikonur and Vostochny. Arianespace is headquartered in Evry, near Paris, and has a technical facility at the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, plus local offices in Washington, D.C., Tokyo and Singapore. Arianespace is a subsidiary of ArianeGroup, which holds 74% of its share capital, with the balance held by 15 other shareholders from the European launcher industry.

MISSION VV20 : ARIANESPACE VA LANCER A BORD DE VEGA TROIS SATELLITES CERES D’OBSERVATION DE LA TERRE A USAGE DE DEFENSE ET DE SECURITE
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ARIANESPACE LANCERA’ TRE SATELLITI DI OSSERVAZIONE DELLA TERRA CERES PER APPLICAZIONI DI DIFESA E SICUREZZA DELLA FRANCIA A BORDO VEGA
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