Tune in to ESA Web TV at 02:37 BST / 03:37 CEST on August 17 to watch the Vega launch live.
Vega will lift off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana carrying Earth observation satellite Pléiades Neo-4 and four auxiliary payloads to their planned Sun-synchronous orbits. Bro-4 rides alongside three other CubeSats developed through ESA: SunStorm, RadCube, and LEDSat.
SunStorm and RadCube will demonstrate miniaturized space weather instruments for use in later operational space weather missions.
LEDSat, a student project from La Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy, is supported by the ESA Education Office via the Fly Your Satellite! program. This CubeSat will investigate Light Emitting Diodes as a way of tracking satellites in low orbit.
This Vega mission will last about 105 minutes.
Liftoff timing for flight VV19:
|French Guiana||Washington D.C.||UTC / GMT||Paris and Rome|
|22:47 on August 16||21:47 on August 16||01:47 on August 17||03:47 on August 17|
Watch live via ESA Web TV 03:37 – 05:37 CEST.
Join the conversation online with the Twitter hashtag #VV19.