Vega rocket returns to flight with Europe’s most advanced Earth observation satellite

The European Vega rocket returned to flight late Wednesday evening (April 28), delivering the most advanced Earth observation satellite in Europe to date.

European launch provider Arianespace launched its mission from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou, French Guiana at 9:50 p.m. ET (01:50 p.m. GMT), carrying the Pléiades Neo 3 Earth observation satellite and five small “joint “cargo. This was the first Vega launch since November, when the failure of its Avum upper stage resulted in the loss of two Earth observation satellites.

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