August 9, 2022

The Vega-C Rocket Makes Its Debut Flight Successfully

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The Vega-C Rocket Makes Its Debut Flight Successfully

Europe’s brand-new Vega-C rocket made a successful premiere.

The largest of the seven satellites being launched by the medium-lift rocket from French Guiana will test Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

Vega-C is crucial to ensuring that Europe has access to space in the future.

Due to the conflict in Ukraine, Russian missiles are no longer an option, so it’s necessary to cover a significant capability vacuum.

Moscow’s Soyuz rockets left the market early this year, leaving European institutional and commercial satellites looking for alternate launches.

While Vega-C will be the obvious choice for many, the new Italian-led rocket system was already completely booked through 2023, 2024, and 2025 before Wednesday’s successful inaugural launch.

Additionally, there is another factor that makes Vega-arrival C’s in the rocket industry crucial. Its first stage, the part of the rocket that lifts it off the ground, will also be utilized by Europe’s next Ariane-6 heavy-lift rocket.

The Vega-C Rocket Makes Its Debut Flight Successfully

It is anticipated that sharing the stage technology between the two rocket systems will result in significant financial savings.

The European Space Agency’s director general, Josef Aschbacher, predicted that there would be a significant increase in demand for launches in Europe over the coming years and beyond.

According to Giorgio Saccoccia, the head of the Italian Space Agency, “you should regard this inaugural flight as the first launch of a new generation of European rockets, the start of a strengthening of Europe’s role in space transportation.”

The 2012 introduction of the Vega-C improved the previous Vega car. The update results in lower costs and improved performance. Additionally, its creators anticipate that their modifications will provide it more flexibility to accommodate the many requirements of today’s satellite operators.

Some spacecraft, like the Sentinel Earth surveillance satellites of the European Union, can weigh several tonnes. Conversely, there has been an increase in the development of spacecraft that are shoebox-sized and smaller.

Therefore, Vega-C will be able to launch large, single payload missions as well as so-called rideshare missions, in which several tens of small satellites are launched simultaneously.

Vega-C will also be used to launch Europe’s miniature robotic spacecraft. Science-related experiments will be picked up by the Space Rider and brought back to Earth. Its debut is anticipated for 2024.

An upper-stage engine produced in Ukraine is used by both the original Vega and the Vega-C. Due to the conflict in the East European country, this has been a hot topic of conversation.

It was feared that the conflict might prevent Yuzhmash, the state-owned aerospace firm of Ukraine, from continuing to build these RD-843 motors.

The Vega-C Rocket Makes Its Debut Flight Successfully

However, Avio, the Italian company in charge of putting the Vega cars together, asserts that it already has enough on hand to cover immediate needs.

A western European alternative is being created in the long run.

In addition to wishing to join the European Union, Ukraine also desires to join the European Space Agency. The development of engines would be one of its major accomplishments.

“The procedure has begun. To complete all the phases and become a full member, takes around 10 years, according to Dr. Aschbacher.

“ESA member states have given me the mandate to talk with Ukraine and find projects or prospects for cooperation, but given the current situation, this is only happening at a low level.

However, it is unquestionably in Ukraine’s best interest to complete all necessary procedures as soon as feasible.

Seven satellites, including the Lares-2 (Laser Relativity Satellite-2) payload, were launched on Wednesday. It will be tracked with extreme precision by lasers from the ground and will resemble a disco ball.

This will allow them to test “frame dragging,” phenomena predicted by Einstein’s equations in which the Earth twists local space-time around with it as it spins, according to researchers at Italy’s National Institute for Nuclear Physics.

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