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  1. [Replay] Successful launch for Vega VV10, Venus in orbit

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    August 2, 2017

    The 10th Vega launcher orbited 2 satellites from the Guiana Space Centre on the night of 1/2 August: OptSat 3000 and Venµs. Watch the replay on our website.

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  2. P80- a newcomer in the solid propulsion stakes

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    September 28, 2006

    Europe’s family of launchers is set to grow, with a kid brother for Ariane 5 called Vega expected some time late next year. Vega is designed for the launch of small satellites, complementing its larger stable mate. The Vega project was initiated by ESA in 1999. CNES is leading development of the P80 engine that will power the 1st stage of the new launcher. The P80 will in fact carry 88 tonnes of solid fuel needed to get the light Vega launcher off the ground.

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  3. GAIA successful launch on 19 December 2013

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    December 19, 2013

    The European Space Agency’s GAIA satellite was sent aloft by a Soyuz launcher Thursday 19 December from the Guiana Space Centre. The launcher lifted off as scheduled at 10:12 CET and the satellite was released into orbit 42 minutes later. It will now take one month to reach the L2 Lagrange point, a very special point in the Sun-Earth system beyond Earth as seen from the Sun, some 1.5 million km away, 5 times the Earth-Moon distance. The L2 point orbits the Sun with the same period as Earth. GAIA will thus survey the entire galaxy in the space of a year. The Toulouse Space Centre houses one of the 6 European data centres of the GAIA mission, expected to last 5 years.

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  4. Ariane 5 launch on 6 February 2014 with Athena-Fidus on board

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    February 6, 2014

    The first Ariane rocket of the year 2014, orbited 2 telecommunications satellites, on thursday 6 Fabruary, from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre.

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  5. Europe sets its sights on Ariane 6

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    March 1, 2013

    Last November in Naples, ministers in charge of European space policy gave their blessing for a new Ariane 6 launcher designed to help Europe stay ahead in the satellite launch services market.

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  6. C’Space at Biscarosse from 23 to 27 August

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    August 6, 2010

    While budding young talents will be meeting up with space professionals at the CELM military base in Southwest France, a one-of-a-kind space festival awaits the visiting public on the beach at Biscarrosse on 26-27 August.

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  7. Another launch success for Ariane 5: ATV Georges Lemaître on its way to ISS

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    July 30, 2014

    Europe’s fifth ISS resupply spacecraft was orbited tonight by an Ariane 5 launcher from the Guiana Space Centre. The ATV-5 will dock with the statiion on 12 August.

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  8. L’ATV-3 Edoardo Amaldi en route to ISS

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    August 10, 2011

    The 3rd European ISS resupply spacecraft was successfully orbited Friday 23 March by an Ariane 5 ES launcher from French Guiana.

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  9. Mission accomplished for Vega

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    August 10, 2011

    Today, Monday 13 February, Europe’s new Vega light launcher made a flawless maiden flight from French Guiana, successfully orbiting its payload of 9 small satellites.

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