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VEGA LAUNCHER ACHIEVES ON-TARGET DEPLOYMENT OF EARTH-IMAGING SATELLITES

VEGA LAUNCHER ACHIEVES ON-TARGET DEPLOYMENT OF EARTH-IMAGING SATELLITES Firing off a launch pad on the fringes of the Amazon rainforest, a European Vega rocket climbed into space Tuesday night and deployed a new optical surveillance craft for the Italian military and a French-Israeli environmental satellite to monitor vegetation, snow cover and coastal waterways. The Optsat 3000 and Venµs satellites lifted off at 0158:33 GMT Wednesday (9:58:33 p.m. EDT; 10:58:33 p.m. French Guiana time Tuesday) on the 10th flight of a Vega rocket, a four-stage booster primarily developed and manufactured in Italy.   More



(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 3)

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