Vega light launcher completes ninth launch

The SENTINEL-2B Earth-observation spacecraft was carried to low-Earth Orbit (LEO) by a Vega light launcher at 0149GMT on 7 March. The mission was conducted by Arianespace, under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA), in service to the European Commission’s Copernicus global monitoring programme.

The launch took place from Vega launch pad, known as ELA-1 (Ensemble de lancement Ariane-1) or ELV (Ensemble de lancement Vega) at the European Spaceport, located at Kourou, French Guiana. The launch was the ninth Vega launch since 2012, and continues its flawless record.

 

The Vega rocket lifting off from Kourou. Courtesy of Arianespace

The Vega rocket lifting off from Kourou. Courtesy of Arianespace

 

The SENTINEL-2B spacecraft will work in conjunction with its SENTINEL-2A partner – previously launched in 2015 by another Vega rocket – to monitor land masses and coastal zones in order to help researchers more accurately track the effects of climate change.

 

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