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Vega-C

Vega-C (LARES 2) [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-843
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
Vega-C 2300 - - - -
No:  TNr: Type:   Serial:   Date:        LS         Payload

 1    1   Vega-C     VV21   13.07.2022   Ko ELV     LARES 2 / AstroBio CubeSat / GreenCube / TRISAT R / CELESTA / MTCube 2 / ALPHA
 2    2   Vega-C     VV22   21.12.2022   Ko ELV  F  Pléiades-Neo 5 / Pléiades-Neo 6
 
 
Planned:

 x    x   Vega-C            xx.xx.2023   Ko ELV     Biomass
xx    x   Vega-C     .      xx.xx.2025   Ko ELV     CO2M A (Sentinel 7A)
xx    x   Vega-C     .      xx.xx.2026   Ko ELV     CO2M B (Sentinel 7B)
 x    x   Vega-C ?          xx.xx.2024   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.2024   Ko ELV     EarthCARE
 x    x   Vega-C            xx.xx.2025   Ko ELV     FLEX / ALTIUS
 x    x   Vega-C            xx.xx.2023   Ko ELV     KOMPSAT 6
 x    x   Vega-C            xx.xx.2023   Ko ELV     KOMPSAT 7
 x    x   Vega-C            xx.xx.2023   Ko ELV     NAOS
 x    x   Vega-C            xx.1H.2023   Ko ELV     Sentinel 1C
 x    x   Vega-C     .      xx.2H.2024   Ko ELV     Sentinel 1D
 x    x   Vega-C     .      xx.xx.2024   Ko ELV     Sentinel 2C
 x    x   Vega-C     .      xx.xx.2024   Ko ELV     Sentinel 3C
 x    x   Vega-C            xx.xx.2023   Ko ELV     THEOS 2 HR
 3    3   Vega-C     VV23   xx.01.2023   Ko ELV     (multiple satellites)

 
Rideshare payloads (unassigned):

TBD:

MicroCarb; StriX TBD; TRITON


Launch sites:

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

* = Suborbital

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