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Vega finds a gap in the weather to attempt Falcon Eye-1 launch

10 Jul 2019, 20:03 UTC
Vega finds a gap in the weather to attempt Falcon Eye-1 launch
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Arianespace’s Vega rocket is set to launch the Falcon Eye-1 spacecraft for the United Arab Emirates. The launch has been delayed by several days due to unacceptable upper-level winds. Tuesday’s attempt is targetting a window occurred at the top of the launch window that opens at 01:53 (UTC) on Wednesday (10:53:03 local time on Tuesday) from the European Spaceport in French Guiana.
This will be Arianespace’s sixth launch of the year, and the 15th Vega mission since this launcher began its career at the Guiana Space Center in 2012 Flight VV15 marks the 12th Earth observation mission for Vega, although the mission has had to wait several days until the unacceptable upper-level winds subsided.

With weather conditions improving over the Spaceport, #Arianespace has decided to initiate the chronology for #Vega Flight #VV15 – which will orbit the #FalconEye1 satellite. The new targeted liftoff timing is tonight (July 10, 2019) at 10:53:03 p.m., Kourou, French Guiana time
— Stéphane Israël (@arianespaceceo) July 10, 2019

Flight VV15 will be performed from the Vega Launch Complex (ZLV). The pad was built on the site of the former Ensembele de Lancement Ariane 1 (ELA-1) launch pad which was used by twenty-five Ariane 1, ...

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