Vega is designed to complement the family of European launchers already available from French Guiana with the Ariane 5 heavy-lift launch system and the Soyuz medium-class launcher introduced last October.
Vega is a three-stage solid-propellant vehicle with a liquid-propellant manoeuvrable injection module sized primarily to loft payloads of up to 1500 kg into polar low-Earth orbits at an altitude of 700 km. Its main objective is to provide Europe with a safe, reliable, competitive and efficient capacity for scientific and Earth observation payloads.
Vega will accommodate a wide range of missions – from 300 kg to 2500 kg – into a wide variety of orbits, from equatorial to Sun-synchronous. It can also carry single or multiple payloads depending on mission requirements.