Vega rocket with Ukrainian engine orbits Turkish reconnaissance satellite


Rocket Vega was successfully launched on December 5 from Kourou space port in French Guiana, reported the press service of the State Space Agency of Ukraine.

The RD-843 engine of the fourth stage was developed by Ukrainian Yuzhnoye Design Office, and made at Yuzhmash.

Launched yesterday, on December 5, Vega brought satellite Göktürk-1 of the Turkish Defense Ministry into sun-synchronous orbit. The signal from the satellite was received by the main contractor of the project, company Telespazio in 68 minutes after the rocket launch. From a height of 700 km, Göktürk-1 will carry out surveying the Earth’s surface in high resolution for civil and military purposes.

This launch is the eighth for the European carrier rocket, and the second this year. In mid-September, Vega brought into orbit the first Peruvian remote sensing satellite PeruSAT-1, and four satellites SkySat -4, -5, -6, -7 of the company Terra Bella, owned by Google.

The next launch of the carrier rocket with the Ukrainian engine is scheduled for March 2017, when it will deliver into orbit the satellite Sentinel-2b under the Copernicus program.