Vega-C is an improved version of the Vega rocket family.
This new version introduces some new motors. The first stage will consist of the P120C motor, which will also be used for the Ariane-6 launcher. As second stage, the larger diameter Zefiro-Z40 will be introduced. The third stage will remain the same, while the AVUM will get 150 kg more fuel, 100 kg less in structural mass and will be called AVUM+. A new 3.3 m fairing is also introduced.
Vega-C is planned for a maiden flight in 2019.
The Vega launch vehicles is launched from the refurbished ELA-1 complex, now redesignated ELV, at Kourou.
|Version||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4|
|Vega-C||P120C||Zefiro-Z40||Zefiro-Z9||AVUM+ / RD-869|
No: TNr: Type: Serial: Date: LS Payload
none Planned: x 1 Vega-C xx.xx.2019 Ko ELV ? x x Vega-C ? xx.xx.2020 Ko ELV CERES 1 / CERES 2 / CERES 3 x x Vega-C xx.xx.2020 Ko ELV CSG 2 x x Vega-C xx.xx.2020 Ko ELV VHR-2020 1 / VHR-2020 2 x x Vega-C xx.xx.2021 Ko ELV VHR-2020 3 / VHR-2020 4 Launch sites: Ko = Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG), Kourou, French Guiana * = Suborbital