Vega rocket readied for launch of Sentinel-2A earth observation satellite

Vega rocket readied for launch of Sentinel-2A earth observation satellite

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France: An Arianespace Vega launch vehicle is slated to send the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Sentinel-2A Earth-observing satellite aloft at 9:52 p.m. EDT on June 22 (01:52 GMT on 23 June) from ESA’s spaceport located in Kourou, French Guiana. The upcoming mission, designated Flight VV05, will be the fifth launch of the lightweight Vega rocket. Built by Airbus Defence and Space, the 2,513 lbs. (1,140 kg) satellite will deliver high-resolution and multispectral imaging capabilities from its orbital perch. This should provide a 180 mile-wide (290 km) coverage path of the terrain below. The spacecraft will join the Sentinel-1A satellite that was placed into orbit on April 3, 2014, by a Soyuz-STA/Fregat rocket operating from the same ESA spaceport.

Source: ESA