Today, August 17, at 4:47 am Kiev time, the Vega light-class launch vehicle was successfully launched from the Kourou cosmodrome in French Guiana.
As part of the VV19 mission, the Pleiades Neo 4 spacecraft weighing about 920 kg was launched by the launch vehicle. The satellite was launched by order of Airbus Defense and Space.
Also, within the framework of the European Space Agency program, four auxiliary payloads were launched into orbit: RADCUBE, SUNSTORM, LEDSAT and BRO-4 cubesat, ordered by the startup Unseenlabs.
Recall that the Ukrainian YUZHMASH has been participating in the creation of the Vega launch vehicle since 2004. For this project, YUZHMASH produces the RD-843 liquid-propellant rocket engine, which provides thrust and flight control for the fourth stage of the launch vehicle.
Since 2012, the Vega launch vehicle has been launched 19 times.