Because of meteorological conditions, the launch of the light launcher Vega was postponed. It is now scheduled for the night of 6/7 May at 23:06 hours (Kourou time), i.e. 7 May at 02:06 hours GMT and 04:06 hours Central European Summer Time. You can watch this major event for Europe on the ESA, Arianespace or Astrium websites.
The video transmission will start on 7 May at 01:45 GMT/03:45 CEST. This second Vega mission will be more complex than that of 13 February 2012 (the inaugural flight). It will carry two main payloads and will require five ignitions of the AVUM (Attitude & Vernier Upper Module) upper stage.
The payloads are: the satellite Prova V (Vegetation) built by Qinetiq Belgium for ESA and the Bureau de la Politique scientifique Belge (Belspo); the Vietnamese satellite VNREDSat 1A (Vietnam Natural Resources, Environment & Disaster monitoring Satellite) built by Astrium Satellites for the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST); and nanosatellite ESTCube from the University of Tartu in Estonia, that country’s first ever satellite.
EADS Casa Espacio developed the VESPA dual-launch facility which will be
tested during this flight. This launch will also serve to test new on-board
software developed by AVIO.
To highlight the CVA Bureau meeting, the 2013 CVA Presidency held by Mulhouse Alsace Agglomération(m2A) and the EuroAirport board formally unveiled a giant-size 14-by-7-metre poster of Ariane 5 on Friday 12 April. Displayed on the control tower of this tri-national airport, the poster is visible from Switzerland, France and Germany.
The unveiling took place in the presence of the following notably: Jean-Marie Bockel, m2A President, Haut-Rhin Department Senator, former minister, 2013 CVA President; Jean-Pierre Lavielle, Chairman of EuroAirport’s board of directors, Deputy President of Mulhouse South Alsace Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Lara Million, m2A Vice-President, Mulhouse Deputy Mayor, 2013 CVA Vice-President Delegate; and CVA Bureau Members attending the first meeting of the year, in Mulhouse.
The Bureau had met to prepare for the CVA Council of Mayors, scheduled for 30-31 May in Rixheim, one of the 33 m2A communes, and in Mulhouse. As a prelude to that CoM meeting and continuing the m2A Presidency theme of "Citizens and Space", a discussion forum will take place on 30 May, in Rixheim’s Salle du Trèfle. One of a number of talks organised by the localRencontres de la Commanderie association, this forum will address "Practical applications of space research in our daily lives". It will feature speakers from space agencies, industry and universities. There should also be ample opportunity for members of the public to have their say.
Photos: (Credit: Norbert L'Hostis – m2A):
Mulhouse Alsace Agglomération (m2A) website:
European Space Agency (ESA) website, (french only) :
The 22nd January 2013 marked an important event for Franco-German relations and the CVA. Jens Böhrnsen, Mayor and President of the Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen and Jean-Marie Bockel, President of the "Mulhouse Alsace Agglomeration" (m2A) and Senator of the Haut-Rhin Department, both attended at the Bundesrat (Federal Council) in Berlin the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty. A special programme was, in addition,arranged for them at the Bundesrat by the Bremen City Hall and the French Embassy in Berlin, with the participation of Astrium Bremen, the industrial partner of this city within the CVA, and the French Institute of Bremen.
The press release published on the 22nd January 2013 by the Presidency of the Bremen Senate reports in detail the progress of this event and the many actions which marked the CVA 2012 Presidency under the auspices of the City of Bremen and Astrium Bremen.
Berlin, 22nd January 2013, Jens Böhrnsen, Mayor and President of the Senate of the Free Hanseatic Town of Bremen (on the right), officially handing over the CVA Presidency to Jean-Marie Bockel, President of the Mulhouse Alsace Agglomeration (m2A) and Senator of the Upper-Rhine (on the left).A transfer of presidency further symbolised by the presentation of a model of the Ariane 5 rocket launcher by the Mayor of Bremen.
Logo of the CVA Presidency in 2012 under the auspices of the Free Hanseatic Town of Bremen/ Logo of the CVA 2013 Presidency under the auspices of the Mulhouse Alsace Agglomeration (m2A)
Photos by courtesy of Bremen/Senatspressestelle; m2A/Norbert L’Hostis; Communauté des VillesAriane/Créa.
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