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Vega Orbits Two Earth Observation Satellites

August 2, 2017 - Arianespace has successfully launched two Earth observation satellites for civil and military applications: OPTSAT-3000 for the Italian Ministry of Defence; and Venμs, a mission of the Israel Space Agency (ISA) - a government body sponsored by the country’s Ministry of Science & Technology - and the French CNES space agency (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales). The launch took place on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 10:58:33 pm (local time in Kourou) from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. This was Arianespace’s eighth mission of the year and the second using Vega in 2017. It marked the 10th successful Vega launch in a row since this light-lift vehicle started its career at the Guiana Space Center in 2012.

 
 
 
 
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