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Kourou ELV
Part of Kourou Family
Vega launch complex. Zone de Lancement Zone de Lancement Vega.

First Launch: 2012-02-13. Last Launch: 2014-04-30. Number: 3 . Longitude: -52.7747 deg. Latitude: 5.2358 deg.



Spacecraft: Almasat, LARES, LARES Support System, LEOStar-2, Cubesat, Myriade. Launch Vehicles: Vega.

2012 February 13 - . 10:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELV. Launch Vehicle: Vega.
  • LARES - . Mass: 390 kg (850 lb). Nation: Italy. Class: Earth. Type: Geodetic satellite. Spacecraft: LARES. USAF Sat Cat: 38077 . COSPAR: 2012-006A. Apogee: 1,452 km (902 mi). Perigee: 1,436 km (892 mi). Inclination: 69.5000 deg. Period: 114.80 min.

    Laser Relativity Satellite, a 390 kg, 0.38 m diameter tungsten sphere covered with 92 laser retroreflectors. Used to probe relativistic effects in the Earth's gravitational field. The satellite had the lowest ballistic coefficient of any satellite ever launched. First launch of the ESA/Italian Vega launch vehicle.

  • UNICubeSat-GG - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Italy. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 38078 . COSPAR: 2012-006B. Apogee: 1,415 km (879 mi). Perigee: 312 km (193 mi). Inclination: 69.5000 deg. Period: 102.20 min. Student 1U cubesat from the GAUSS team-Universita Roma La Sapienza with a gravity gradient experiment. First Italian CubeSat..
  • Almasat - . Mass: 12 kg (26 lb). Nation: Italy. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Almasat. USAF Sat Cat: 38078 . COSPAR: 2012-006B. Apogee: 1,415 km (879 mi). Perigee: 312 km (193 mi). Inclination: 69.5000 deg. Period: 102.20 min. Student satellite from the University of Bologna, testing a cold gas microthruster system and the platform for a future Earth observing satellite..
  • MaSat-1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Hungary. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-01-16 . USAF Sat Cat: 38079 . COSPAR: 2012-006C. Apogee: 1,385 km (860 mi). Perigee: 305 km (189 mi). Inclination: 69.5000 deg. Period: 101.80 min. Student 1U cubesat from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Technological demonstration. Successful. First Hungarian satellite.
  • PWSat-1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Poland. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2014-12-31 . USAF Sat Cat: 38080 . COSPAR: 2012-006D. Apogee: 1,384 km (859 mi). Perigee: 306 km (190 mi). Inclination: 69.5000 deg. Period: 101.80 min. 1U cubesat student satellite from the Warsaw Institute of Technology..
  • Goliat - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Romania. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-01-09 . USAF Sat Cat: 38081 . COSPAR: 2012-006E. Apogee: 1,386 km (861 mi). Perigee: 305 km (189 mi). Inclination: 69.5000 deg. Period: 101.80 min. Student 1U cubesat from the University of Bucharest. Earth imaging and space environment measuring. First Romanian satellite..
  • e-st@r - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Italy. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2014-08-31 . USAF Sat Cat: 38082 . COSPAR: 2012-006F. Apogee: 1,376 km (855 mi). Perigee: 305 km (189 mi). Inclination: 69.5000 deg. Period: 101.70 min. Student satellite from the Politecnico di Torino..
  • ROBUSTA - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: France. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2014-10-28 . USAF Sat Cat: 38083 . COSPAR: 2012-006G. Apogee: 1,379 km (856 mi). Perigee: 306 km (190 mi). Inclination: 69.5000 deg. Period: 101.80 min. Student 1U cubesat from the Universite' de Montpellier. Mission: Radiation effects on bipolar-transistor-based circuits. Status: Failed. First French CubeSat.
  • XaTcobeo - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Spain. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-01-28 . USAF Sat Cat: 38084 . COSPAR: 2012-006H. Apogee: 1,390 km (860 mi). Perigee: 305 km (189 mi). Inclination: 69.5000 deg. Period: 101.90 min. Student satellite from the University of Vigo..
  • LARES Support System - . Mass: 300 kg (660 lb). Nation: Europe. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: LARES Support System. Decay Date: 2016-11-02 . USAF Sat Cat: 38086 . COSPAR: 2012-006K. Apogee: 1,394 km (866 mi). Perigee: 270 km (160 mi). Inclination: 69.5000 deg. Period: 101.50 min. Remained attached to the AVUM upper stage. Included extensive instrumentation to monitor the launch vehicle during ascent. It also deployed seven 1U Cubesats from three P-POD deployers.

2013 May 7 - . 02:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELV. Launch Vehicle: Vega.
  • VNREDSAT-1 - . Payload: AstroSat-100. Mass: 115 kg (253 lb). Nation: Vietnam. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Myriade. USAF Sat Cat: 39160 . COSPAR: 2013-021B. Apogee: 685 km (425 mi). Perigee: 683 km (424 mi). Inclination: 98.1300 deg. Period: 98.43 min. Remote sensing satellite for the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology..
  • ESTCube-1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Estonia. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39161 . COSPAR: 2013-021C. Apogee: 672 km (417 mi). Perigee: 656 km (407 mi). Inclination: 98.1300 deg. Period: 98.03 min. 1U cubesat by the Estonian Student Satellite Program led by the University of Tartu. Space test of the electric solar wind sail. Successful. First Estonian satellite.

2014 April 30 - . 01:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELV. Launch Vehicle: Vega.
  • KazEOSat-1 - . Mass: 830 kg (1,820 lb). Nation: Kazakhstan. Manufacturer: Surrey. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Leostar-2. USAF Sat Cat: 39731 . COSPAR: 2014-024A. Apogee: 753 km (467 mi). Perigee: 751 km (466 mi). Inclination: 98.5200 deg. Period: 99.86 min. Kazakh high resolution imaging satellite; built by Airbus Defense and Space Toulouse, based on the Astrosat bus and had an imager with 1 metre resolution. The third launch of Europe's Vega light launch vehicle..

2016 September 16 - . 01:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELV. Launch Vehicle: Vega.
  • PeruSAT-1 - . Nation: Europe. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Astrobus. USAF Sat Cat: 41770 . COSPAR: 2016-058A. Apogee: 678 km (421 mi). Perigee: 676 km (420 mi). Inclination: 98.2000 deg. Optical surveillance satellite for the Peruvian military..
  • SkySat-4 - . Nation: Europe. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Skysat. USAF Sat Cat: 41773 . COSPAR: 2016-058D. Apogee: 502 km (311 mi). Perigee: 501 km (311 mi). Inclination: 97.4000 deg.

    Arianespace's Vega rocket made its 7th flight from Kourou. The AVUM upper stage made two burns to deploy TerraBella's SkySat 4 to 7 in a 500 km orbit at 0224 UTC, and then two further burns to put PeruSAT-1 in a 677 km orbit at 0326 UTC. The AVUM made a final burn to deorbit itself in the Indian Ocean west of Sumatra.

  • SkySat-5 - . Nation: Europe. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Skysat. USAF Sat Cat: 41774 . COSPAR: 2016-058E. Apogee: 502 km (311 mi). Perigee: 501 km (311 mi). Inclination: 97.4000 deg.
  • SkySat-6 - . Nation: Europe. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Skysat. USAF Sat Cat: 41771 . COSPAR: 2016-058B. Apogee: 506 km (314 mi). Perigee: 497 km (308 mi). Inclination: 97.4000 deg.
  • SkySat-7 - . Nation: Europe. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Skysat. USAF Sat Cat: 41772 . COSPAR: 2016-058C. Apogee: 503 km (312 mi). Perigee: 501 km (311 mi). Inclination: 97.4000 deg.


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