Vega-C rocket delayed to early 2022 as current Vega customers, especially one, are given priority

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Europe’s Vega-C rocket’s inaugural flight has slipped to early 2022 to increase the likelihood that high-profile customers awaiting launch on the current Vega are delivered to orbit this year.

First among equals in this customer lineup is the French Defense Ministry, whose three Ceres signals-intelligence satellites are scheduled for launch on a Vega late this year. The satellites will fly in formation in low Earth orbit.

The current-version Vega fell behind schedule following the failure of two of its last . . .

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