This PDF was posted from the official Vega twitter and it actually is from an IAC presentation. This is the firat time I see it however. It contains a lot of good stuff, the best thing imo is that they are considering 3 Vega E variants, a standard one, one without the first stage, and one without the second stage. The AVUM life extension kit is also very interesting.
@Avio_GroupAs part of the #VegaC programme, new avionics technologies will be studied and developed, such as TTEthernet, hybrid navigation, telemetry based on the TDRS system, which will subsequently be implemented in the future evolution of the #VegaE launcher....
Some people are already predicting a refusal to insure Vega, or at the very least a large (2x or higher) increase to premiums.
With the recent launch failure, Vega has a success rate of only 88%. Their previous failure resulted in the largest insurance payout in Space history.Some people are already predicting a refusal to insure Vega, or at the very least a large (2x or higher) increase to premiums.Is Vega therefore no longer feasible for commercial launches? Will it take a transition to Vega-C or Vega-E and a series of successful ESA launches before premiums become viable again?
Electron has a higher failure rate 13:2 (15 total) compared to Vega's 15:2 (17 total) and I didn't see anyone predicting the end of Electron.
The launch provider is Arianespace, not ESA. Moving to a new generation of vehicles doesn't really matter if the problem was an incorrectly installed cable. Vega has been a reliable vehicle before the last few launches. They can still get insurance for it.