15th Launch of Vega Rocket with Ukrainian Engine Was Completed Successfully
Last Wednesday, the space agency, the European Space Agency, presented something truly amazing - it is about the launch of a cargo-type space rocket Vega, which was designed and optimized to be able to deliver several cargoes and types of equipment at the same time in different vectors and directions. It is worth noting the fact that its launch became especially significant since, before that, the space agency team had been constantly postponing its launch for a whole year, due to a variety of features and reasons directly related to technical difficulties and moments of optimization.
However, now the Vega rocket has become a truly unique and, most importantly, a successful experiment by the space agency, which reported that its launch from the ESA spaceport on September 3 took place with all the successful patterns that the agency as a whole hoped for. As for the cargo on board, we are talking about 53 satellites of a compact type under the general name SSMS, which is an alternative way of covering the Internet network and transmitting information at very high speeds.
How Did It Happen?
Within the framework of the European Space Agency's Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) program, the Vega launch vehicle launched 53 micro- and nanosatellites into orbit: 7 microsatellites weighing from 15 kg to 150 kg and 46 cubesats. Such information was reported by the press center of the Yuzhnoye design bureau.
A distinctive feature of the BMD RD-843 is the ability to launch multiple times during flight (up to 5 starts), which ensures the deployment of satellites into different orbits. At the moment, Ukrainian engineers continue to work on improving engine performance in order to expand the range of output payloads.
The main engine unit (BMD) RD-843, which is used as part of the liquid propulsion system of the 4th stage of the Vega LV, was developed by the State Enterprise Yuzhnoye Design Bureau and the State Enterprise Production Association "Southern Machine-Building Plant" manufactured its parts.
Vega Rocket with Ukrainian Engines: What Is Like?
The first launch of Vega Rocket with Ukrainian engines was on December 3, 2015. The European light-class Vega launch vehicle with the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft was successfully launched from the Kourou cosmodrome in French Guiana.
This launch became the sixth in the framework of the Vega program and the third in 2015.
LISA Pathfinder is a space probe of the European Space Agency, which is supposed to test the technologies necessary for the planned launch of the evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (eLISA) observatory in 2034, which will register gravitational waves, according to the press service of the State Space Agency of Ukraine.
Currently, the European Space Agency announces that it intends to properly prepare its subsequent technological base in order to make its cargo and special flights even more efficient - according to the ESA working team and the Vega mission, in particular, the main priority of the team at the moment is the search and conclusion of several contracts at once for the supply of equipment in the form of satellites and various auxiliary structures for them.