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Lift Off of VEGA VV01
2012-03-13 07:48:19

When Vega VV01 launched into orbit on February 13, 2012, it took with it some of the ESA´s most tested materials as well as a good amount of teamwork. The first of Europe´s Vega rockets is a brand new design based on some new techniques and technologies. Getting all of these designs and implementations through the air and into orbit called for plenty of teamwork as well as rigorous technical risk management by the ESA´s specialists. Vega VV01 will be used to haul small to...

2012-02-15 04:01:00

Monday's successful maiden flight of ESA´s new Vega rocket from Europe´s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, opens a new set of launch services — including two of the Sentinel satellites for GMES. According to contracts signed in December, Arianespace will launch Sentinel-2B and Sentinel-3B on this new light launcher. These launches are foreseen in 2014—15. The Sentinel missions are based on a constellation of two satellites to maximize coverage of Earth. The two...

Central And Eastern Europe Make History With Small Satellites
2012-02-14 04:40:28

The first satellites entirely designed and built by Hungary, Poland, and Romania are now orbiting Earth after today´s successful maiden flight of ESA's small Vega launcher. The latest addition to Europe´s versatile family of space launchers, Vega carried nine satellites, seven of them built by European universities. This group of ESA-sponsored educational CubeSats included Goliat from Romania, PW-Sat from Poland and Masat-1 from Hungary. The unique opportunity to launch the...

Vega Launcher Qualification Flight A Success
2012-02-13 10:00:53

[ Watch the Launch Replay ] The European Space Agency's (ESA) Vega launch vehicle successfully lifted off from the ground this morning. The new launch vehicle is ready to operate alongside the Ariane 5 and Soyuz launchers after Monday's qualification flight in Kourou, French Guiana. ESA said that with this launch being successful, Europe now covers the full range of launch needs, including small science and Earth observation satellites, to missions like resupplying the International...

Watch Online: Vega Qualification Flight
2012-02-12 05:06:08

Join us for the first qualification flight of the Vega launch vehicle on Monday 13 February, with a launch window open from 11:00 to 12:30 CET (10:00 to 11:30 GMT). Vega will lift off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, to release nine satellites into orbit and add a new capability to Europe's fleet of launch systems. Live transmission starts at 10:40 CET. The payload consists of two Italian satellites — ASI´s LARES laser relativity satellite and the University of...

Vega VV01
2012-01-29 11:57:59

ESA´s new Vega rocket is now fully assembled on its launch pad. Final preparations are in full swing for the rocket´s inaugural flight from Europe´s Spaceport. The launch window opens on 9 February. The upper composite, comprising LARES, ALMASat-1, seven CubeSats, the payload adapter and the fairing, was moved to the pad late Monday night. A night transfer is the standard practice in Kourou to avoid overheating the payloads. The move ended early Tuesday morning with its...

Vega Rocket Ready For First Flight
2012-01-19 09:00:28

Final checkout of Europe´s new Vega launcher was completed last Friday, marking another milestone towards its maiden flight from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The first Vega launch campaign began in November with the installation of the P80 first stage on the launch pad. The two solid-propellant second and third stages were added to the vehicle, followed by the AVUM — Attitude & Vernier Upper Module — liquid-propellant fourth stage. All four stages...

Vega To Fly ESA Experimental Reentry Vehicle
2011-12-17 05:30:41

The launch of ESA´s IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle on Europe´s new Vega rocket is now in detailed planning, a major step towards the craft´s flight in 2014. Launched into a suborbital trajectory from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana, IXV will return to Earth as if from a low-orbit mission, to test and qualify new critical technologies for future reentry vehicles. It will attain an altitude of around 450 km, allowing it to reach a velocity of 7.5 km/s on...

Two GMES Satellites Will Launch On Europe’s New Vega Rocket
2011-12-17 05:25:52

ESA and Arianespace have signed contracts for the launches of two of ESA´s Sentinel satellites. Arianespace will launch Sentinel-2B and Sentinel-3B on Europe´s new Vega rocket from French Guiana. The contracts were signed by the Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, Jean-Yves Le Gall, and ESA´s Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain, on 14 December in Evry, France. These agreements not only mark a significant milestone for ESA´s family of Sentinel satellites, but they are...

Image 1 - Vega Moves Closer To Liftoff
2011-12-16 04:14:00

The integration of Vega´s first, second and third stages is now complete at Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana. The new rocket is moving full speed ahead towards its maiden flight at the end of January. The first Vega launch campaign began in November with the installation and testing inside the mobile gantry of the hundred-ton solid-propellant first stage, the P80, and the Interstage-1/2 structure that links the first two stages. The booster´s final acceptance included...


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2009-04-28 12:02:57

Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve (April 15, 1793 "“ November 23, 1864) was a Baltic-German astronomer, and member of a celebrated line of astronomers. He is best known for his advanced observations of double-stars. He was born in Altona, Denmark, what is currently Germany. He was the son of the renowned Jacob Struve, and was the second of a five-generation legacy of astronomers down to his great-grandchildren. When Germany was occupied by the French, Struve's father, Jacob,...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Lyra Constellation -- Lyra (the lyre) is a prominent, although fairly small, northern constellation. It was one of Ptolemy's 48 constellations, and also counts among the modern 88 constellations. Its brightest star is Vega (Alpha Lyrae), which together with Altair (Alpha Aquilae) and Deneb (Alpha Cygni) forms the large asterism known as the Summer Triangle. Beta Lyr is a half separated (i.e. one of the stars reached its Rochevolume) eclipsing binary of a cream-white colour. The...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cygnus Constellation -- Cygnus (the swan) is a northern constellation. It was one of Ptolemy's 48 constellations, and is also one of the 88 modern constellations. Because of the pattern of its main stars, it is sometimes called the Northern Cross (in contrast to the Southern Cross). The bird extends over the summer Milky Way, appearing to fly south. Notable features Cygnus contains several bright stars. Deneb, α Cygni, is an extremely brilliant star, very prominent despite...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Vega -- Vega (Alpha Lyrae) is the lead star in the constellation Lyra, reaching near directly overhead the mid-northern latitudes, during the summer. It's a "nearby star" at only 25 light years distant and together with Arcturus and Sirius, one of the brightest stars in the Sun's neighbourhood. Vega is a vertex of the Summer Triangle. Its spectral class is A0V (Sirius, an A1V, is slightly less powerful) and it's firmly in the main sequence, fusing hydrogen to helium in its core....

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
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