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VEGA Liftoff

Liftoff of VEGA VV02

A VEGA rocket which LPF will be lounched with.

Media Description: 

The launch of LISA Pathfinder is planned for 2015. The spacecraft will be launched by a VEGA rocket from Kourou, French Guiana. The second flight of ESA’s newest launch vehicle has been completed. Two Earth observation satellites, ESA’s Proba-V and Vietnam’s VNREDSat‑1A, were released into different orbits, demonstrating the rocket’s versatility. Estonia’s first satellite, the ESTCube‑1 technology demonstrator, was also released into orbit.

Vega lifted off at 02:06 GMT on 7 May 2013 (23:06 local time 6 May; 04:06 CEST 7 May) on a complex mission requiring five upper-stage boost.