On 13 February 2012, the first Vega lifted off on its maiden flight from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.
The first Vega launch campaign began on 7 November 2011.
This time-lapse shows the full assembly of the first Vega launcher at the launch pad, in preparation for its qualification flight. It starts with the transfer and installation of the P80 first stage from the Vega Booster Storage and Preparation Building to the launch pad, followed by the two solid-propellant second and third stages, the Zefiro-23 and Zefiro-9. The next step was to add the AVUM – Attitude & Vernier Upper Module – liquid-propellant fourth stage to the vehicle. The ‘upper composite’ – the fairing and payload – was moved to the pad on 24 January and integrated over night (ESA)
Timelapse video réalisé lors de la campagne de tir du Soyuz VS03 sur le port spatial guyanais. Du 5 octobre au 12 octobre 2012, le lanceur soyuz a été préparé afin d'envoyer sur orbite les 3eme et 4eme satellites de la constellation GALILEO. Les conditions ont été extrêmes !
On 12 October 2012 a Soyuz lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to carry the third and fourth satellites of Europe’s Galileo global navigation satellite system into orbit.
This time-lapse movie shows the three-stage Soyuz transfer from the assembly and testing building to the launch pad, where it is then raised to the vertical position. Once in the mobile gantry, the upper composite, comprising the satellites and Fregat-MT upper stage, is hoisted on top of the vehicle. The gantry is then rolled back, clearing the way for Soyuz to lift off. VS03 was the third Soyuz flight from Europe’s Spaceport.(ESA)
This time-lapse video shows the ATV-5 Georges Lemaitre loading process and its integration on the Ariane 5 launcher before its transfer and launch to the International Space Station from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on 29 July 2014.
The fifth in the series of the largest spacecraft ever built in Europe is also the heaviest load an Ariane 5 has ever launched. ATV-5 is set to carry almost 6.6 tonnes of supplies to the orbital outpost, including a record amount of dry cargo: around 2682 kg.
Georges Lemaîtres will deliver experiments, equipment, spare parts, water, air and even artwork to the six astronauts living in space.