French Guiana: After three delays and postponement Arianespace successfully launched the third Vega launcher from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), orbiting the KazEOSat-1 (DZZ-HR) satellite for the government of Kazakhstan on April 29.
KazEOSat-1 (DZZ-HR) is a high-resolution optical observation satellite that weighed 830 kg at launch. It will provide Kazakhstan with a wide range of civilian applications, including monitoring of natural and agricultural resources, mapping data and support for search & rescue operations during natural disasters. The KazEOSat-1 (DZZ-HR) satellite was built by Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse, and offers a design life of 7.25 years. It is the 108th payload built by Airbus Defence and Space (or predecessors) to be launched by Arianespace.
KazEOSat-1 (DZZ-HR) is the 51st satellite with an Earth observation payload to be launched by Arianespace. Vega is designed to launch small satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO) or Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO). Following this third Vega launch, Arianespace now has a backlog of 10 satellites to be launched, half of them commercial launches in export markets for government agencies. Arianespace had signed a tripartite agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA), and ELV, the industrial prime contractor for Vega, on November 20, 2013. The agreement provides for the procurement of 10 additional launchers, in addition to the three already under production as part of ESA's VERTA (VEga Research and Technology Accompaniment) program, thus covering identified launch requirements until 2019.