Today at 3:51:10 CEST the Vega rocket successfully launched 53 satellites into space, including the first Slovenian microsatellite NEMO-HD, which separated from the rocket into its orbit 40 minutes after takeoff. In the morning we successfully established our first contact with it.
After yesterday’s successful launch of Ariane 5, the launch of Vega rocket with our NEMO-HD onboard is announced for September 1, 2020 French Guiana local time, i. e. September 2, 2020 at 3:51 CEST.
Due to the persistence of exceptionally unfavorable winds at altitude over the Guiana Space Center, Vega Flight VV16 – originally scheduled for June 18, 2020 – was repeatedly postponed, despite full availability the launcher and the 53 satellites including the firts Slovenian microsatellite NEMO-HD. The next launch attempt is set for 17 August onwards.
Weather conditions above the Guiana Space Center for Vega VV16 launch are improving. According to the weather predictions there may be opportunity to initialise the final chronology operations for Vega Flight VV16 on Saturday 27.6.2020.
Preparations for the launch are in the final stage both in Kourou, French Guiana, and Ljubljana.
Vega rocket is with NEMO-HD already on its launchpad.
The first Slovenian microsatellite NEMO-HD is ready for launch with Vega rocket. On the 16th flight of Vega rocket there will be 7 microsatellites, including NEMO-HD, and 46 nanosatellites.
Arianespace has set a new launch date for the Vega rocket (VV16) which will take our NEMO-HD microsatellite into orbit. The launch will take place on 19 June 2020 CET i.e. June 18 local time – the rocket will be launched from European launch site in French Guiana.
Due to the spread of COVID-19, all activities were stopped at the CSG Space Center on Monday, March 16, 2020, including preparations for the Vega VV16 launch, which was planned for March 23, 2020. Our NEMO-HD satellite is already integrated on the rocket structure. After successful one-month preparations at the launch base in Kourou, French Guiana, only three days were missing to encapsulate the satellites and one week to launch.
NEMO-HD last functional tests before the launch began on Tuesday, 19 February 2020.