On Wednesday, the European Space Agency celebrated the first flight of its Vega-C rocket. It is designed to provide more bang for customers’ buck in growingly competitive business of launching satellites into orbit. Vega-C is an upgrade to the Vega rocket that made its debut in 2012.
The launcher was designed to specialize in lifting small payloads into space. This new upgraded rocket can carry heavier payloads than its predecessor while burning less fuel. It will specifically be useful for launching Earth observation satellites. It can also be envisaged as the carrier for Space Rider, an unscrewed robotic laboratory that will be the agency’s first reusable space vehicle.
The rocket measured at 35-metres and launched from French Guiana and was twice delayed due to technical problems. The rocket succeeded on its third attempt.
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