Watch Vega Rideshare Launch Live – Premiere SSMS Mission Will Deploy 53 Satellites

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Vega VV16 With SSMS Launch

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Artist’s view of Vega VV16 with the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) dispenser and SAT-AIS. Visible are the Zefiro-9 upper phase, the Attitude Vernier Upper Module (AVUM) and the SSMS dispenser with its payload of satellites. Credit: ESA – J. Huart

Tune in to ESA Web TELEVISION from 02: 36 BST / 03: 36 CEST on 2 September to see the go back to flight of Vega on its launching rideshare objective committed to light satellites.

Vega will take off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana bring 53 satellites on its brand-new dispenser called the Small Spacecraft Mission Service, or SSMS. The objective will last about 124 minutes.

This brand-new ridesharing service is planned to grow area innovations in Europe by making it simpler for those with light satellites of 1–500 kg to discover practical launch chances. Those riding together share the expense of launch, making it more budget-friendly too. There are 21 consumers sharing this launch.

Vega VV16 with SSMS and SAT-AIS

Artist’s view of Vega VV16 with the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) dispenser and SAT-AIS.
Visible are the Zefiro-9 upper phase, the Attitude Vernier Upper Module (AVUM) and the SSMS dispenser with its payload of satellites. Credit: ESA – J. Huart

Vega will launch its 53 satellites gradually in a collaborated series into 2 Sun-simultaneous orbits 515 and 530 km above Earth.

ESA has actually added to the advancement of 4 payloads on board – the 113 kg ESAIL microsatellite and 3 CubeSats: Simba, Picasso, and FSSCat which brings pioneering AI innovation called Φ-sat-1.

The launch window for this flight extends from 1 to 4 September, taking into account weather and enabling a number of launch efforts if required.

Vega VV16 with SSMS

Artist’s view of Vega VV16 with the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) dispenser and SAT-AIS.
Visible are the Zefiro-9 upper phase, the Attitude Vernier Upper Module (AVUM) and the SSMS dispenser with its payload of satellites. Credit:
ESA – J. Huart

Liftoff timing for flight VV16:

French Guiana Washington D.C. UTC / GMT Paris and Rome
22: 51 on 1 September 21: 51 on 1 September 01: 51 on 2 September 03: 51 on 2 September

Watch live through ESA Web TELEVISION 03: 36 – 05: 00 CEST.

Key minutes

03: 51 – Liftoff

04: 31 – Separation from Vega of the very first batch of satellites

04: 43 – Separation from Vega of the 2nd batch of satellites consisting of ESAIL

05: 32 – Separation from Vega of very first CubeSat

05: 36 – Final CubeSat separation

05: 55 – End of the Vega objective