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 is an updated version, 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-Z9A||AVUM+ / RD-843|
No: TNr: Type: Serial: Date: LS Payload
none Planned: x x Vega-C xx.xx.2023 Ko ELV Biomass x x Vega-C ? xx.xx.2023 Ko ELV CO3D 1 / CO3D 2 / CO3D 3 / CO3D 4 / ? x x Vega-C xx.xx.2024 Ko ELV CSG 3 x x Vega-C xx.xx.2025 Ko ELV FLEX / ALTIUS x x Vega-C xx.xx.2022 Ko ELV KOMPSAT 7 1 1 Vega-C VV21 xx.07.2022 Ko ELV LARES 2 / AstroBio CubeSat / GreenCube / CELESTA / MTCube 2 / ALPHA / ? x x Vega-C or Vega xx.xx.2023 Ko ELV LUXEOSys x x Vega-C VV22 xx.xx.2022 Ko ELV Pléiades-Neo 5 / Pléiades-Neo 6 x x Vega-C xx.1H.2023 Ko ELV Sentinel 1C x x Vega-C or Vega xx.xx.2022 Ko ELV THEOS 2 HR Rideshare payloads (unassigned): TBD: MicroCarb; StriX TBD; TRITON Launch sites: Ko = Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG), Kourou, French Guiana * = Suborbital