The launch operation of Vega’s 53-satellite was unsuccessful due to the presence of strong winds at high heights. Small Spacecraft Mission Service, a rideshare operation, will take place in August this year.
Due to unfavorable weather conditions at Guinea Space Station, launch officials had to postpone the operation up to August this year. The transitional period will be used for the charging of launcher and satellite batteries.
The Vega rocket has given the launch officials a hard time when it comes to launching. It begins in August of last year; however, the operation did not succeed. During that SSMS operation, the Vega rocket failed to start on FalconEye1, an earth observatory satellite from the United Arab Emirates.
Following adverse speculations carried out by Arianespace, it was decided that the launch will take place in March of this year. The outbreak of Coronavirus hindered the launch operation from taking place as scheduled in March. Arianespace decided to postpone the launch again as a way of ensuring that its workers and the entire community are safe from contracting the virus.
After facing obstacles while attempting to launch satellites and rockets, Arianespace stated that they must meet their goal of launching a missile before this year comes to an end. Other launches planned to take place this September are VV17 and VV18. Meanwhile, Arianespace has other starts to take care of as it waits for the next spring.
On 28 July, the firm has another launch mission to carry out, and the purpose will use an Ariane 5 rocket to liftoff two Intelsat satellites into a higher geostationary orbit. The missile will soar eastwards for its launch orbit, and the strong winds from high altitudes won’t affect the launch operation.
According to a statement released by weather forecasters, the upper levels of winds would not be better any time soon. They also stated that the high-altitude winds had maintained a height of 30m.
To determine the conditions of winds in the atmosphere, launch experts send weather balloons on board. The results produced will decide whether the wind conditions will favor the launch operations.
Kourou, a French Guiana’s run-spaceport, is situated at 5°, north altitude on the northeastern shore of South America. It confines the Guiana Space Center in a band of trade winds that help in the driving of the Intertropical Convergence Zone. The prevailing high-height winds can pose a problem to those rockets and satellites trying to launch, especially those heading north from the spaceport.