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INAUGURAL LAUNCH OF ESA’S VEGA-C ROCKET, July 7, 2022, Kourou, French Guiana

ESA plans the first launch of its new Vega-C rocket on July 7, 2022 from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana.  Vega-C is an upgraded version of the Vega rocket for small to medium class payloads. It has new first and second stages and an uprated fourth stage.

The launch time was not announced as of June 16.

Vega-C has taken on new importance since Russia and Europe ended their cooperation on using Russia’s Soyuz rocket as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

ESA also is about to introduce a new version of its much larger Ariane rocket, Ariane 6.


July 7
7:00 am - 11:00 pm