Arianespace’s planned launch of a Vega rocket carrying 12 satellites was called off due to a booster system issue. The launch, originally scheduled for October 7, was rescheduled for later in the day on October 8. The Vega rocket is set to lift off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana at 9:36 p.m. EDT (0136 GMT). However, Arianespace has ruled out another attempt on October 7 due to the aforementioned issue.
The previous launch attempt was halted due to a measurement on the Vega rocket exceeding its maximum threshold. As a precautionary measure, additional checks are being conducted to confirm a new launch attempt and ensure the success and safety of the mission.
The Vega rocket is specifically designed for small payloads and can carry up to 3,300 pounds (1,500 kilograms) to a circular orbit. This mission, named VV23, will be the first for the standard Vega variant since November 2021.
The main payloads for this mission include the THEOS-2 Earth-imaging satellite for Thailand and the FormoSat-7R/Triton satellite developed by Taiwan’s space agency. The FormoSat-7R/Triton satellite has a specific role in collecting data to help scientists calculate the wind field over the oceans. This data will contribute to improving typhoon intensity and trajectory forecasts.
In addition to the main payloads, a total of 10 other satellites for six different customers will also be launched alongside them. These satellites have a combined weight of 2,738 pounds (1,242 kg) and represent a diverse range of applications and scientific research.
As Arianespace prepares for the rescheduled launch, all necessary steps are being taken to address the booster system issue and ensure a smooth operation. The success of the VV23 mission would not only mark a significant milestone for Arianespace but also contribute to advancements in Earth observation and weather forecasting, benefiting multiple nations and scientific endeavors globally.
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