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Vega-C [ESA]

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-869
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
Vega-C 2300 - - - -
No:  TNr: Type:   Serial:   Date:        LS         Payload


 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.2022   Ko ELV     KOMPSAT 7
 1    1   Vega-C     VV21   xx.xx.2022   Ko ELV     LARES 2 / AstroBio CubeSat / GreenCube / CELESTA / ? / ? / ?
 x    x   Vega-C or Vega    xx.xx.2022   Ko ELV     NAOS
 x    x   Vega-C            xx.xx.2022   Ko ELV     Pléiades-Neo 5 / Pléiades-Neo 6
 x    x   Vega-C or Vega    xx.xx.2022   Ko ELV     THEOS 2 HR

Launch sites:

Ko  = Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG), Kourou, French Guiana French Guiana

* = Suborbital

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