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To refresh our memory, the launch contract was signed in early 2014.
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Arianespace to launch OPTSAT 3000 and VENÁS satellites
Evry, February 19, 2014

Arianespace and Italian company CGS S.p.A. announced the launch contract for the OPTSAT 3000 satellite today in Rome.
Arianespace also announced that it had signed a launch contract with the Israeli Space Agency for the VENÁS satellite.

The two satellites will be orbited together by a Vega launcher in early 2016 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

The OPTSAT 3000 Earth observation satellite will be built by IAI (Israel Aircraft Industry) for the Italian Ministry of Defense, on behalf of the prime contractor team, CGS S.p.A. and Telespazio (Finmeccanica/Thales). Weighing about 400 kg at launch, it will be placed into a Sun-synchronous orbit.

VENÁS (Vegetation and Environment Monitoring on a New Micro Satellite) is an Earth observation mission developed jointly by the Israeli Space Agency (ISA) and the French space agency CNES, within the scope of Europe's Copernicus Earth monitoring program.

The VENÁS satellite will be built by IAI. Weighing about 300 kg at launch it will be sent into Sun-synchronous orbit.

Following the contract signature, Arianespace Chairman and CEO StÚphane IsraŰl said: "We are very proud of our selection for these two missions involving Italy, Israel and France. I would like to thank all of the partners in these two programs ľ the Italian MoD, CGS and Telespazio, the Israeli Space Agency and CNES ľ for placing their trust in us. With Vega now fully operational, Arianespace can clearly offer all customers a complete range of launch services perfectly tailored to their missions."
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Re: Vega Flight VV10 - VenÁs and OPTSAT 3000 - August, 2017
« Reply #1 on: 09/16/2016 07:44 AM »
http://www.avio.com/en/media_center/press_releases/2016/pres/avio_vega_on_the_launch_pad/

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The launch of VV10 (Optsat and Venus satellites) is scheduled for August 2017,
« Last Edit: 09/16/2016 04:49 PM by Chris Bergin »

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Re: Vega Flight VV10 - VenÁs and OPTSAT 3000 - August, 2017
« Reply #2 on: 05/15/2017 12:35 PM »
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DutchSpace‏ @DutchSpace 1m1 minute ago

Also the #Vega #VV10 third stage Zefiro 9 has arrived, #opsat3000 #VENUS

https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/864096038235197444

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Re: Vega Flight VV10 - VenÁs and OPTSAT 3000 - August, 2017
« Reply #3 on: 05/18/2017 10:01 AM »
The Zefiro 9 third stage for Arianespaceĺs next Vega launcher is unloaded in French Guiana

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Re: Vega Flight VV10 - VenÁs and OPTSAT 3000 - August, 2017
« Reply #4 on: 06/19/2017 11:52 AM »
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DutchSpace‏ @DutchSpace 3m3 minutes ago

The next #Vega launch is also getting closer, #P80 lifted into place at #ZLV launch currently planned for 1st of August at 22:58 local

https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/876768643383795712

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Re: Vega Flight VV10 - VenÁs and OPTSAT 3000 - August, 2017
« Reply #5 on: 06/22/2017 08:28 AM »
http://www.csgpreparationlancement.com/vega/vol-vega-06-transfert-du-p80/

Some pics of the 1st stage (P80) been moved to ZLV

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Re: Vega Flight VV10 - VenÁs and OPTSAT 3000 - August, 2017
« Reply #6 on: 06/22/2017 08:35 AM »

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DutchSpace‏ @DutchSpace 4m4 minutes ago

Offloading of #OpSat1 (Opt-Sat 3000 ?) and #Venus through the side and nose of the Boeing 747 at #Cayenne for launch on #Vega #VV10

https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/879662756101844992

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[...]The OPTSAT 3000 Earth observation satellite will be built by IAI (Israel Aircraft Industry) for the Italian Ministry of Defense, on behalf of the prime contractor team, CGS S.p.A. and Telespazio (Finmeccanica/Thales). Weighing about 400 kg at launch, it will be placed into a Sun-synchronous orbit.[...]

Why Italy pay Israel to build the satellites when they already have very good satellite manufacturing companies?

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[...]The OPTSAT 3000 Earth observation satellite will be built by IAI (Israel Aircraft Industry) for the Italian Ministry of Defense, on behalf of the prime contractor team, CGS S.p.A. and Telespazio (Finmeccanica/Thales). Weighing about 400 kg at launch, it will be placed into a Sun-synchronous orbit.[...]

Why Italy pay Israel to build the satellites when they already have very good satellite manufacturing companies?

It's an offset for the M-346 training jets Israel bought from Italy.
« Last Edit: 06/27/2017 07:03 PM by gosnold »

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It's an offset for the M-346 training jets Israel bought from Italy.

Now it makes sense. Thank you.

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A nice set of pics of the VV10 launch campaign (albeit in low-res) can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1493000787404931.1073742145.463927243645629&type=3

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DutchSpace‏ @DutchSpace 47m47 minutes ago

Nice shot of #Vega #VV10 Zefiro 9 third stage being lifted into place during launcher integration at #ZLV

https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/884381514158542848

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Nice view of #VenÁs one of the payloads for the #Vega #VV10 launch, also featuring #Galileo sticker "spam" we left on #CCU2 during IOV ;)

https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/884448987595640833

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VV10 launch sticker

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Vega   July 17, 2017
Vega is prepared for the twin Earth observation payloads to be orbited on Arianespaceĺs August 1 mission

The lightweight Vega launcher for Arianespaceĺs upcoming mission is undergoing final checkout in French Guiana, readying it to receive a dual payload of Earth observation satellites ľ consisting of OPTSAT-3000 (as the upper passenger) and VenÁs (in the lower passenger position).

Vega was integrated at the Spaceportĺs SLV launch site, bringing together the solid propellant P80 first stage, Zefiro 23 second stage and Zefiro 9 third stage; followed by the liquid bipropellant fourth stage, called the AVUM (Attitude and Vernier Upper Module).

The August 1 mission is designated Flight VV10 in Arianespaceĺs launcher family numbering system, and it will mark Vegaĺs 10th launch since the 2012 start-up of operations with this vehicle ľ all of which were successfully performed from French Guiana.

As the smallest member in Arianespaceĺs launcher family operated at the Spaceport, Vega complements the companyĺs medium-lift Soyuz and heavyweight Ariane 5 in offering a full range of launch service capabilities.

A pair of passengers for Vega


Both satellite passengers on Flight VV10 ľ VenÁs, developed in a joint project of the Israel Space Agency (ISA) and the French CNES space agency; along with OPTSAT-3000 for the Italian Ministry of Defense ľ will be delivered by Vega to Sun-synchronous orbits.

VenÁs (for Vegetation and Environment monitoring on a New MicroSatellite) is designed to provide close-up and regular monitoring of vegetation on Earthĺs surface. By observing plant growth and health status, the spacecraft will help scientists to determine the impacts of environmental factors, human activities and climate change on Earthĺs land surfaces.

To fulfil its scientific objectives, VenÁs will acquire frequent, high-resolution, multi-spectral images of over 100 sites of interest around the world. Capturing these images will be this spacecraftĺs super-spectral camera, which is characterized by 12 narrow spectral bands ranging from 415 nm to 910 nm.

Both Vega payloads were built by Israel Aerospace Industries

As the first Israeli-made satellite created for environmental research purposes, VenÁs was built by Israel Aerospace Industriesĺ (IAI) Space Division in collaboration with Elbit, which developed the telescope, and Raphael, providing the propulsion system. The camera was supplied by CNES.

The liftoff mass of VenÁs is set at 264 kg. Its scientific mission will be followed by a technological mission at a lowered altitude, which will gauge the performance of IAI-developed Hall-effect thruster technology to counter a satelliteĺs orbital decay caused by atmospheric drag.

Flight VV10ĺs other passenger, the OPTSAT-3000 Earth observation satellite, will enable national defense entities to acquire and use high-resolution images from any part of the globe.

The OPTSAT-3000 system was supplied by Telespazio as prime contractor, with responsibility for supply of the entire system: from the satellite to the ground segment, launch and early operation services, the preparation and execution of operations and logistics, through to in-orbit tests and commissioning.

The satellite was built by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), chosen by the Italian Ministry of Defence based on inter-governmental Italian-Israeli agreements. OHB Italy is responsible for the launch services and related engineering support.

OPTSAT-3000 will have a liftoff mass set at 368 kg. and a design life of seven years.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/vega-launcher-checkout-vv10/

Caption for first 3 images:

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Vega assembly activity for Arianespaceĺs Flight VV10 is highlighted in these images from the Spaceport, beginning with the P80 first stageĺs positioning at the SLV launch site (photo at left). The Zefiro 23 second stage was then installed atop the P80 first stage (center photo), followed by integration of the Zefiro 9 third stage (at right) and the AVUM (not shown).

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OPTSAT-3000 and VenÁs (left and right, respectively) are shown during their separate checkout processes, both of which were performed inside the Spaceportĺs S1 payload preparation facility.

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The satellites were encapsulated on July 17 and moved to the launchpad on July 19.
Photos: CSG facebook

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It seems that both payloads are stacking on top of Vespa. Are they going to launch Vespa empty?
« Last Edit: 07/21/2017 09:01 PM by bolun »

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