Sentinel-2B lifts off on a Vega launcher from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana at 01:49 GMT on March 7. Credit: Stephane Corvaja/ESA
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Ariane 6 and Vega C artist's concepts. Credit: ESA
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The Vega rocket lifted off  Dec. 3 from Kourou, French Guiana, at 1:04 a.m. local time, placing the spacecraft into an elliptical parking orbit. The spacecraft will later maneuver to the Earth-sun L-1 Lagrange point to carry out its mission to demonstrate technologies that could be used by future spacecraft to detect gravitational waves (ESA photo)
In this  ESA image, taken with an ultra-wide angle fisheye lens Nov. 19, the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft is hidden from view, encapsulated in the upper stage of its Vega rocket.
ESA on Aug. 12 signed contracts for the development of the Ariane 6 new‑generation launcher, its launch base and the Vega C evolution of the current ESA small launcher
From left to right: Alain Charmeau, CEO/President of ASL; Pierluigi Pirrelli, CEO of ELV; Jan Woerner, ESA Director General; Gaele Winters, ESA’s Director of Launchers; and Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of CNES. Credit: ESA
Gaele Winters, ESA director of operations and infrastructure. Credit: ESA, Jürgen Mai
Sentinel-2A being encapsulated in Vega fairing. Credit: ESA
Avio Chief Executive Officer Pier Giuliano Lasagni
The 450-kilogram PeruSat-1 will share a Vega rocket (above) launch with four 110-kilogram satellites for Skybox Imaging. Credit: Arianespace
Skybox Imaging, a commercial remote sensing company acquired last year by Google, currently has two remote sensing satellites in orbit and a dozen more under contract with SSL. Credit: Skybox

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