Earth Observation Mission News
It's a 'go' for Arianespace's Vega launch with Kazakhstan's first Earth observation satellite
26 April 2014
Arianespace's next Vega mission from French Guiana has been given the "all clear" for liftoff on 28 April with its DZZ-HR payload, following completion of the launch readiness review performed at the Spaceport.
This assessment - held before each flight of an Arianespace launcher family member - confirmed that the light-lift vehicle and its DZZ-HR satellite passenger are flight-ready, along with the Spaceport's infrastructure and the network of downrange tracking stations.
The upcoming mission is designated Flight VV03 in Arianespace's numbering system, and it will be performed from the Spaceport's SLV launch site - where the Vega was assembled and now stands in a flight-ready configuration, protected by a mobile gantry that will be withdrawn prior to liftoff.
With the launch readiness review completed, all is set for the Vega's scheduled liftoff precisely at 10:35:15 p.m. local time in French Guiana on Monday, 28 April. Its subsequent 55-minute, 29-second flight will conclude with deployment of DZZ-HR - which was built by Airbus Defence and Space for the Republic of Kazakhstan - into a Sun-synchronous orbit, inclined 98.5 deg.
Image credit: Arianespace - Vega payload containing DZZ-HR