[Via Satellite 10-29-2014] Arianespace has signed a contract with Italian manufacturer European Launch Vehicle (ELV) for 10 Vega rockets. The order will supply enough of the light-lift launcher to fulfill Arianespace’s small- to medium-sized satellite missions for more than three years. The first of the new orders is set to enter service in 2015.
The four-stage rocket has a target payload lift capability of 1,500 kg to a 700-km circular orbit. Arianespace has conducted three successful Vega launches to date and has nine missions signed.
“These launchers will meet the needs of our customers, both institutional and commercial on the small satellites segment, especially the one dedicated to Earth observation. We are determined to go on working with our Italian partners to make Vega a successful program in the long run,” said Stéphane Israël, chairman and CEO, Arianespace.