Vega - Dataset of Satellites Launched
This dataset contains 73 entries.

  Overview

This is a dataset of satellites launched via Vega, based on UCS Satellite Database compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientist (UCS).

Most satellites launched via Vega are intended for commercial use (65.8%) and for the purpose of earth observation (64.4%).


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Insights from the dataset of satellites launched via Vega

  Which year saw the most satellites launched?

That year is 2020, which saw the launch of 50 satellites launched via Vega.

  Who operates or owns the most satellites launched via Vega?

Planet Labs, Inc. owns/operates the most number of satellites launched via Vega (18 - 24.7% of the satellites in this dataset).

  Which country operates or owns the most satellites launched via Vega?

USA owns/operates the most number of satellites launched via Vega (39 - 53.4% of the satellites in this dataset).

  Apogee, Perigee & Period

The perigees (point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass) of the satellites range from 314km to 813km, with the average perigee being 553.7km from the Earth, while the apogees (point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass) of the satellites range from 317km to 820km, with the average apogee being 559.0km from the Earth. The longest period a satellite takes to orbit around the Earth is 101 minutes.


Highlights on some of the satellites launched via Vega:

Proba 5.

ESA's Proba-V satellite becomes first to pickup aircraft tracking signals

Designed for earth observation (Earth Science), Proba 5 is a government satellite operated by European Space Agency (ESA) (ESA).

Constructed by QinetiQ Space Belgium (Belgium), it was launched into space using Vega as the launch vehicle from Guiana Space Center on 7 May 2013. Proba 5 orbits around the Earth as a sun-synchronous LEO satellite.

Designed with an operational lifetime of 3 years, Proba 5 has a launch mass of 140 kg and navigates with the COSPAR ID 2013-021A and NORAD ID 39159.

Taking 101 minutes to orbit the Earth, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 813km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 820km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 4.87E-04 and it orbits at an inclination of 99 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare Proba 5 with Starlink-2541 from USA.

 Compare Proba 5 with Lemur 2F87 from USA.


Aeolus.

ESA’s Aeolus satellite explained

  Heaviest satellite launched by European Space Agency (ESA) into space at 1,367 kg

Aeolus is a government satellite operated by European Space Agency (ESA) (ESA) for the purpose of earth observation (Earth Science).

Constructed by Airbus Defense and Space (France/UK/Germany/Spain), it was launched into space using Vega as the launch vehicle from Guiana Space Center on 22 August 2018. Aeolus orbits around the Earth as a LEO satellite.

Designed with an operational lifetime of 3 years, Aeolus has a launch mass of 1,367 kg and navigates with the COSPAR ID 2018-066A and NORAD ID 43600.

Taking 92 minutes to orbit the Earth, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 314km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 317km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 2.24E-04 and it orbits at an inclination of 97 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare Aeolus with CHEOPS from ESA.

 Compare Aeolus with Aerocube 14A from USA.


Pleiades Neo 3.

Introducing the Pléiades Neo satellites constellation

Operated by Airbus Defense and Space of France, Pleiades Neo 3 is a commercial satellite launched for the purpose of earth observation (Optical Imaging).

Constructed by Airbus Defense and Space (France), it was launched into space using Vega as the launch vehicle from Guiana Space Center on 29 April 2021. Pleiades Neo 3 orbits around the Earth as a sun-synchronous LEO satellite.

Designated with COSPAR ID 2021-034A and NORAD ID 48268, Pleiades Neo 3 is designed to operate in space for a lifetime of 10 years. It has a launch mass of 920 kg.

Taking 97 minutes to orbit the Earth, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 623km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 626km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 2.14E-04 and it orbits at an inclination of 98 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare Pleiades Neo 3 with Starlink-2372 from USA.

 Compare Pleiades Neo 3 with Iridium Next 163 from USA.


Get more insights from these satellite datasets

  Full datasets:  All satellites by launch date   |   The Heaviest Satellites That Are Launched to Space

  By Use Type:  Civil-use satellites   |   Commercial satellites   |   Government satellites   |   Military satellites

  By Country:  USA   |   UK   |   France   |   Germany   |   Japan   |   China   |   Russia   |   Australia   |   Canada

  By Orbit Class/Type:  LEO satellites   |   MEO satellites   |   GEO satellites   |   Elliptical orbit   |   Polar orbit   |   Equatorial orbit   |   Non-polar inclined orbit   |   Sun-synchronous orbit   |   Molniya orbit

  By Operators:  SpaceX   |   EUTELSAT   |   SES   |   European Space Agency (ESA)   |   Planet Labs   |   Iridium   |   Spire Global   |   OneWeb   |   Swarm Technologies   |   NASA - Dataset of Satellites Launched (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)   |   Canadian Space Agency (CSA) - Dataset of Satellites Launched

  By Launch Vehicle:  Falcon 9   |   Ariane 5   |   Ariane 5 ECA   |   Delta 2   |   Dnepr   |   Electron   |   Falcon Heavy   |   Long March 2C   |   Long March 2D   |   Long March 3B   |   Pegasus   |   Proton   |   Proton M   |   PSLV   |   Rokot   |   Soyuz   |   Soyuz-2.1b   |   Vega

  By Launch Vehicle:  Cape Canaveral   |   Baikonur Cosmodrome   |   Guiana Space Center   |   International Space Station   |   Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center   |   Plesetsk Cosmodrome   |   Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1   |   Satish Dhawan Space Centre   |   Taiyuan Launch Center   |   Vandenberg AFB   |   Xichang Satellite Launch Center   |   Boeing Satellite Systems   |   Airbus Defense and Space   |   EADS Astrium   |   Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems   |   Space Systems/Loral   |   Surrey Satellite Technology   |   Technical University Berlin   |   Thales Alenia Space


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Chart 2: Satellites by Purpose
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Chart 3: Satellites by Country
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