With preparations under way for the first launch of Europe's new light launcher Vega from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, Arianespace has signed its first commercial launch Service & Solutions contracts for Vega with the European Space Agency (ESA), on behalf of the European Union.
Arianespace will use Vega to launch two satellites in the Sentinel-2 and
Sentinel-3 families, dedicated to Europe's GMES program - Global Monitoring for Environment and Security.
This program is co-funded by ESA and the European Union.
The launches are scheduled for 2014-2016, from the Guiana Space Center.
The Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 satellites are optical observation spacecraft, operating from sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 800 km. Built by Astrium and Thales Alenia Space, respectively, they will each weigh about 1,200 kg at launch.
Related Research on ASDReports.com: