The lift-off of Arianespace’s Vega with IXV aboard next Wednesday, 11 February, is set for 13:00 GMT (14:00 CET). This moment marks the opening of a 1-hr and 43-min launch window, and Vega countdown will begin 7h45m earlier, at 06:15 CET. The Vega launch pad (“Site de Lancement Vega” or SLV) was built on the former Ariane 1 launch pad (ELA-1), located about 1 km southwest of the ELA-3 launch pad, used for Ariane 5.