Watch a live webcast of the first qualification flight of ESA’s new Vega launcher, Monday, 13 February, 10:40 CET start

Vega Flight VV01 liftoff is planned for a two-hour launch window, 11:00-13:30 CET. The payload consists of two Italian satellites – ASI’s LARES laser relativity satellite and the University of Bologna’s ALMASat-1 – as well as seven nanosatellites provided by European universities: e-St@r (Italy), Goliat (Romania), MaSat-1 (Hungary), PW-Sat (Poland), Robusta (France), UniCubeSat GG (Italy) and Xatcobeo (Spain).

And, of course, it will be the last launch from Kourou prior to ESA’s ATV Edoardo Amaldi, set for lift off 9 March via Ariane 5.

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