Successful inaugural flight of Vega-C gives Europe’s launch sector a much-needed shot of confidence

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The successful inaugural flight of Europe’s Vega-C rocket gives Europe’s government/industrial launch sector a visibility into the future that has been lacking for two years and allows commercial-launch provider Arianespace to get its teeth into a product that now has flight heritage.

The smooth July 13 flight means a second Vega-C can now be planned for later this year — this had been in doubt — for the launch of the Airbus Defence and Space Pleiades Neo Earth observation satellite. Starting in 2023, Vega . . .

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