17 August 2021 year, about 04:47 Kyiv time, from the Kuru spaceport, that in French Guiana, the 17th successful launch of a European launch vehicle took place (PH) light class Vega.
This was reported by CB "Southern" on its page in Facebook.
As the main load, to order of the Airbus Defense and Space company, the Vega launch vehicle launched the Pléiades Neo spacecraft into orbit 4 mass close 920 Kg. This is the second of four satellites, which after the full deployment of the constellation (Neo Pleiades 3, 4, 5, 6) will be able to visit anywhere in the world at least twice a day and provide commercial and institutional consumers with high-resolution images (30 cm).
Four more auxiliary payloads, the RADCUBE cubes, were also launched into orbit, SUNSTORM, LEDSAT to order ESA and cubsat BRO-4 to order startup Unseenlabs.
Marching engine unit (BMD) RD-843, which is used as a part of the liquid propulsion system of the 4th degree of Vega pH, developed by SE "CB" Southern "and serially manufactures SE" VO Southern Machine-Building Plant ".
A distinctive feature of BMD RD-843 is the possibility of multiple launches during the flight (to 5 inclusions), thanks to which cultivation of satellites on various orbits is provided. Work is now underway to improve engine performance in order to expand the range of output loads.
Total of 2012 year RN Vega started 19 times.
We will remind, what 11 August, the 14th successful launch of RN "Antares" took place, the main design of the first stage which was developed by SE "CB" Southern ". The rocket delivered the Cygnus transport ship to the ISS 3724 kg of NASA cargo.
Photo: ESA / CNES / Arianespace / JM Guillon