VEGA is the satellite launch vehicle designed and produced by AVIO S.p.A and operated by ARIANESPACE. VEGA is optimized for LEO launches and can carry multiple payloads at a time to different orbits. With its perfect record of launch successes VEGA has demonstrated great flexibility at an affordable cost. Height 30 m (98 ft) Diameter 3 m (9.8 ft Mass 137,000 kg (302,000 lb) Stages 4
VEGA-C is an upgrade of the current Vega launcher and will be operational early 2021 Vega C will bring the current Vega performance of about 1500 kg in SSO @700km to about 2200 kg.
This new evolution where among other upgrades the first stare P80 is replaced with the P120C, which is the same booster expected to be utilized on the upcoming Ariane 6 launcher, will enable new mission parameters using various payload adapters and upper stages.The new rocket will be able to carry dual payloads Vampire and SMSS multiple payload dispenser.
Return missions are also available with the use of the reusable Space Rider vehicle, currently in development by ESA, and expected to launch on a Vega-C in 2023.
The Small Spacecraft Mission Service is the rideshare opportunity for worldwide customers, developed with ESA (European Space Agency) funds and based on a modular dispenser designed for both the Avio’s Vega launchers. The SSMS Dispenser is one of the major Elements of the Small Spacecraft Mission Service. Its goal is to offer a low cost rideshare launches into LEO to the growing small satellites’ demand, from CubeSat and nanosatellites class to mini-satellites class and at the same time to increase the European launches rate.
The Vampire Payload Adapter allows you to fly a main satellite of 1500 kg and six smaller loads or Cubesats into orbit, of 120kg per load.
The VEga Secondary Payload Adapter also called "VESPA", can carry a 1000 kg main satellite, and can either fly a secondary payload of 600 kg in its internal cone, or several auxiliary payloads on its platform for a total of 600 kg.