VENUS (Venµs), OPSAT-3000 (SHALOM) , SAMSON 1/2/3 - Vega (VV10) - Kourou ZLV - 25.07.2017

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Цитата Arianespace‏ @Arianespace 40 мин. назад

Launch preparations with #Soyuz, #Ariane5 and #Vega keep @Arianespace on track for 12 missions in 2017:
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ЦитатаFeature story | May 17, 2017

Launch preparations with Soyuz, Ariane 5 and Vega keep Arianespace on track for 12 missions in 2017

Arianespace's objective of performing 12 launches in 2017 is backed by a high level of activity at the Spaceport in French Guiana, where mission preparations, payload checkout and launch vehicle hardware are in process for upcoming flights with Soyuz, Ariane 5 and Vega.
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The basic three-stage Soyuz launcher for Flight VS17 is raised into position in the ELS launch zone, where it was fitted with the SES-15 payload and Fregat upper stage.
For the company's next liftoff, a medium-lift Soyuz is now in the Spaceport's ELS launch zone, fitted with its SES-15 telecommunications satellite payload. Undergoing the countdown for a morning departure on Thursday, May 18, this launch is designated Flight VS17 in Arianespace's launcher family numbering system - signifying the 17th mission with the Russian-built workhorse vehicle since it entered service at the Spaceport in 2011.
Flight VS17 will mark Arianespace's fifth mission so far in 2017, following two launches with the heavy-lift Ariane 5, and one each utilizing Soyuz and the light-lift Vega.

Preparing for the next two Ariane 5 flights
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Elsewhere at the Spaceport, the next Ariane 5 has moved fr om the Launcher Integration Building to the Final Assembly Building, wh ere a dual payload of the Viasat-2 and Eutelsat E172B telecommunications satellites will be integrated. This mission is designated Flight VA237, denoting the 237th flight with an Ariane launcher since the family of European-built vehicles began Spaceport operations in 1979.

Activity also has begun for the subsequent Ariane 5 launch, VA238, which will loft the Hellas-Sat 3/Inmarsat S relay satellite and the GSAT-17 telecommunications spacecraft for the Indian Space Research Organisation.
GSAT-17 arrived in French Guiana this week aboard a chartered cargo jetliner that landed at Cayenne's Félix Eboué Airport. Separately, elements for Flight VA238's Ariane 5 launch vehicle were delivered to Kourou's Pariacabo port by the MN Toucan roll-on/roll-off transport ship, completing a trans-Atlantic sea voyage that also carried launcher components for Arianespace's next Vega mission.

India's GSAT-17 satellite for Arianespace's Flight VA238 with Ariane 5 is unloaded from a chartered cargo jetliner at Cayenne's Félix Eboué Airport (at left), while the Ariane 5 for Flight VA237 is transferred to the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building (center). In the photo at right, the Zefiro 9 third stage for Arianespace's next Vega launcher is unloaded from the MN Toucan ship at Kourou's Pariacabo port.
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Цитата DutchSpace‏ @DutchSpace 11 мин. назад

The next #Vega launch is also getting closer, #P80 lifted into place at #ZLV launch currently planned for 1st of August at 22:58 local


"Были когда-то и мы рысаками!!!"



Цитата DutchSpace‏ @DutchSpace 2 ч. назад

Nice shot of #Vega #VV10 Zefiro 9 third stage being lifted into place during launcher integration at #ZLV
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Цитата DutchSpace‏ @DutchSpace 4 мин. назад

Nice view of #Venµs one of the payloads for the #Vega #VV10 launch, also featuring #Galileo sticker "spam" we left on #CCU2 during IOV  ;)  


Цитата Avio‏ @Avio_Group 20 ч. назад

#P80 is the solid-propellant first stage of the #Vega Launcher. The largest single-unit ever built with Filament Winding technology. #Avio


Цитата Avio‏ @Avio_Group 9 ч. назад

#Zefiro9 is the motor used in the third stage of the #Vega. Designed and built exclusively with #Avio technologies. #vegalauncher #space
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Цитата CNES‏Подлинная учетная запись @CNES 12 июл.

Qu'est-ce qui est jaune et qui attend ? Les satellites Venµs et OPSAT3000 avant leur mise sous coiffe
ЦитатаWhat is yellow and waiting? The Venμs and OPSAT3000 satellites before they were put under the cap

Цитата12 juillet 2017
 Vol Vega 10 - Pose des logos sur la coiffe

A l'approche du décollage, les logos des passagers de Vega, les satellites OptSat 3000 et VENµS, sont placés sur la coiffe.

Цитата12 July 2017
Flight Vega 10 - Laying logos on the headdress

As the launch takes off, Vega's passenger logos, the OptSat 3000 and VENμS satellites, are placed on the cap.
Цитата12 июля 2017 года
Полёт Vega 10 - Наложение логотипов на головной обтекатель

Перед запуском логотипы пассажиров Vega, спутников OptSat 3000 и VENμS, - размещаются на обтекателе.


Цитата Arianespace‏ @Arianespace 42 мин. назад

The #Vega launcher for #Arianespace's next mission is undergoing its final checkout process in French Guiana:  #VV10
ЦитатаVega | July 17, 2017

Vega is prepared for the twin Earth observation payloads to be orbited on Arianespace's August 1 mission
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Vega assembly activity for Arianespace's Flight VV10 is highlighted in these images from the Spaceport, beginning with the P80 first stage's positioning at the SLV launch site (photo at left). The Zefiro 23 second stage was then installed atop the P80 first stage (center photo), followed by integration of the Zefiro 9 third stage (at right) and the AVUM (not shown).
The lightweight Vega launcher for Arianespace's upcoming mission is undergoing final checkout in French Guiana, readying it to receive a dual payload of Earth observation satellites - consisting of OPTSAT-3000 (as the upper passenger) and Venµs (in the lower passenger position).

Vega was integrated at the Spaceport's SLV launch site, bringing together the solid propellant P80 first stage, Zefiro 23 second stage and Zefiro 9 third stage; followed by the liquid bipropellant fourth stage, called the AVUM (Attitude and Vernier Upper Module).

The August 1 mission is designated Flight VV10 in Arianespace's launcher family numbering system, and it will mark Vega's 10th launch since the 2012 start-up of operations with this vehicle - all of which were successfully performed from French Guiana.
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As the smallest member in Arianespace's launcher family operated at the Spaceport, Vega complements the company's medium-lift Soyuz and heavyweight Ariane 5 in offering a full range of launch service capabilities.

A pair of passengers for Vega
Both satellite passengers on Flight VV10 - Venµs, developed in a joint project of the Israel Space Agency (ISA) and the French CNES space agency; along with OPTSAT-3000 for the Italian Ministry of Defense - will be delivered by Vega to Sun-synchronous orbits.

OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs (left and right, respectively) are shown during their separate checkout processes, both of which were performed inside the Spaceport's S1 payload preparation facility.

Venµs (for Vegetation and Environment monitoring on a New MicroSatellite) is designed to provide close-up and regular monitoring of vegetation on Earth's surface. By observing plant growth and health status, the spacecraft will help scientists to determine the impacts of environmental factors, human activities and climate change on Earth's land surfaces.

To fulfil its scientific objectives, Venµs will acquire frequent, high-resolution, multi-spectral images of over 100 sites of interest around the world. Capturing these images will be this spacecraft's super-spectral camera, which is characterized by 12 narrow spectral bands ranging from 415 nm to 910 nm.

Both Vega payloads were built by Israel Aerospace Industries
As the first Israeli-made satellite created for environmental research purposes, Venµs was built by Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Space Division in collaboration with Elbit, which developed the telescope, and Raphael, providing the propulsion system. The camera was supplied by CNES.

The liftoff mass of Venµs is set at 264 kg. Its scientific mission will be followed by a technological mission at a lowered altitude, which will gauge the performance of IAI-developed Hall-effect thruster technology to counter a satellite's orbital decay caused by atmospheric drag.

Flight VV10's other passenger, the OPTSAT-3000 Earth observation satellite, will enable national defense entities to acquire and use high-resolution images from any part of the globe.

The OPTSAT-3000 system was supplied by Telespazio as prime contractor, with responsibility for supply of the entire system: from the satellite to the ground segment, launch and early operation services, the preparation and execution of operations and logistics, through to in-orbit tests and commissioning.

The satellite was built by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), chosen by the Italian Ministry of Defence based on inter-governmental Italian-Israeli agreements. OHB Italy is responsible for the launch services and related engineering support.

OPTSAT-3000 will have a liftoff mass set at 368 kg. and a design life of seven years.
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А трех израильских кубсатов SAMSON в этом запуске нет?


OPTSAT - это копия Офека или что то совсем другое?
God, give me an hour, source code of the Universe and good debugger!

ЦитатаEurope's lightweight Vega launcher nears 10th flight
July 18, 2017 Stephen Clark

A solid-fueled Vega rocket has been stacked on a launch pad in French Guiana for liftoff Aug. 1 with two Israeli-built satellites -- one developed in partnership with the French space agency for environmental research, and another to gather intelligence for the Italian military.

The late-night blastoff Aug. 1 will be the 10th flight of a Vega rocket, an Italian-led project crafted to haul small satellites into orbits several hundred miles above Earth.

Built by a European industrial consortium led by Avio, an Italian aerospace contractor, the Vega booster has found a niche carrying lightweight Earth-viewing satellites into orbit, particularly spacecraft with a European connection.
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The Vega rocket's solid-fueled Zefiro 23 second stage was hoisted on top of the launcher's first stage last month on a launch pad at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace - Photo Optique Video du CSG - P. Piron

All nine Vega flights to date have been successful, lofting payloads into space for the European Space Agency, the European Commission's Copernicus environmental network, the governments of Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Peru and Turkey, and Terra Bella, a U.S.-based Earth-imaging company backed by Google that was since acquired by Planet.

The satellite passengers slated to ride the 10th Vega rocket into orbit are Venµs, a 582-pound (264-kilogram) spacecraft designed to monitor plant growth, and Optsat 3000, a sharp-eyed 811-pound (368-kilogram) reconnaissance satellite fitted with an optical telescope looking down on Earth.

The Vega rocket's fourth stage was lifted onto the launch pad June 29. Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace - Photo Optique Video du CSG - S. Martin

Optsat 3000 will ride in the upper position inside the Vega's Swiss-made payload fairing, and Venµs will launch in the rocket's lower payload berth. Both satellites were manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries.

Liftoff is set for 10:58:33 p.m. French Guiana time Aug. 1 (9:58:33 p.m. EDT; 0158:33 GMT on Aug. 2). After a boost into space by the Vega's three lower Italian-made solid motors, a liquid-fueled upper stage engine sourced from Ukraine will steer the Optsat 3000 and Venµs satellites into sun-synchronous polar orbits several hundred miles above Earth.

Optsat 3000, the bigger of the mission's two passengers, will separate from the launcher first around 42 minutes after liftoff. The Venµs spacecraft will deploy from the Vega rocket's upper stage around T+plus 1 hour, 37 minutes.

Italy's first optical surveillance satellite, joining a fleet of Italian radar imaging craft already in orbit. The $182 million satellite, designed for a lifetime of at least six years, carries a Jupiter remote sensing camera provided by Israel-based Elbit Systems Ltd. capable of resolving objects on the ground smaller than a half-meter (20 inches).

The Optsat 3000 satellite was removed from its shipping container June 22 after arriving in French Guiana from Israel. Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace - Photo Optique Video du CSG - P. Baudon

The Italian Ministry of Defense ordered the Optsat 3000 satellite from Israel Aerospace Industries as part of a reciprocal contract arrangement, in exchange for the Israeli military's purchase of Italian-made jet trainers.

Telespazio acts as prime contractor for the Optsat 3000 program, and OHB Italy reserved the satellite's launch on a Vega rocket with Arianespace.

The Venµs spacecraft is setting off on a dual scientific and technology demonstration mission.

Fitted with a French-supplied "super-spectral" color camera sensitive in 12 bands ranging from blue to near-infrared, Venµs will take pictures of vegetation, glaciers, coastlines and other features from a perch 447 miles (720 kilometers) above Earth.

Scientists will point Venµs's camera toward more than 100 pre-identified areas of interest in forests, croplands and nature reserves around the world, according to CNES, the French space agency. No other satellite currently in orbit can survey the same locations with the resolution and frequency of the Venµs mission, a benefit gained at the expense of global coverage, officials said.

Technicians work on the Venµs spacecraft June 29 at the Guiana Space Center, soon after its delivery from Israel. Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace - Photo Optique Video du CSG - P. Baudon

Researchers will track plant growth, snow cover, glacial movements, and sediments in coastal estuaries with the Venµs satellite. Scientists will analyze the mission's data output to study how environmental and human factors influence vegetation health.

The Venµs project is a partnership between CNES and the Israel Space Agency. Besides the satellite's primary camera, France is in charge of the mission's science data center and other ground systems. Israeli engineers built the satellite, the camera's telescope and a experimental plasma thruster to be tested in the second phase of the Venµs mission.

After a two-and-a-half-year Earth observation campaign, Venµs's altitude will be lowered to approximately 250 miles (410 kilometers) to test the low-power electric thruster's ability to counteract the effect of atmospheric drag and maintain the satellite's orbit.