Vega-C Vega-C
LARES-2 (Maiden flight)

Maiden flight of the Vega-C launch vehicle, carrying the LARES-2 passive satellite. It is a 40 cm diameter sphere with laser mirrors to study the Earth gravitational field and relativistic effects. Also onboard are six European research cubesats.

Mission Type Earth Science
Orbit Medium Earth Orbit
Manufacturer Arianespace
Thrust 2974kN
Length 30.1m
Diameter 3m
LEO Capacity 1500kg
GTO Capacity Unknown
Launch Cost Unknown
European Space Agency
European Space Agency

The European Space Agency is an intergovernmental organisation of 22 member states. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris, France, ESA has a worldwide staff of about 2,000 employees. ESA's space flight programme includes human spaceflight (mainly through participation in the International Space Station program); the launch and operation of unmanned exploration missions to other planets and the Moon; Earth observation, science and telecommunication; designing launch vehicles; and maintaining a major spaceport, the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou, French Guiana.

Type Multinational
Administrator Johann-Dietrich Wörner
Launch Vehicles None
Spacecraft None
Ariane Launch Area 1
Ariane Launch Area 1
Location Kourou, French Guiana
Total Launches 47
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