Tags: Europe | Vega | rocket | blast

Europe's First Vega Rocket Blasts Off Successfully

Monday, 13 Feb 2012 06:52 AM

Europe's first Vega rocket blasted off from French Guiana on Monday in an inaugural flight aimed at giving Europe a vehicle for scientific satellite missions.

The rocket took off from the European Space Agency's launch site in Kourou, French Guiana, on the northeast coast of South America at 7 a.m. local time, with nine scientific satellites on board.

Vega will complement the family of rockets currently available for launch from Guiana: the Ariane 5 heavy-lift launcher introduced in 1996, and Soyuz, a medium-class launcher.

Monday's mission was scheduled to last around 90 minutes, during which time the nine satellites should separate and go into orbit.

© 2015 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

1Like our page

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved