PARIS — Europe’s Vega small-satellite launcher, which recently conducted its 10th successful launch in 10 attempts, does not have the history of India’s PSLV or Russia’s Soyuz in launching small satellites.

But Vega’s prime contractor, Avio SpA, thinks its moment is coming as small-satellite owners begin to ask for more than to be dropped off wherever the launch’s main customer wants to go.

Avio CEO Giulio Ranzo says the company’s prospects are bright enough to have proceeded with a stock-market introduction . . .

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