Back to business – Europe’s Spaceport

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Workers are returning to Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana to resume preparations for Vega and Ariane 5 launches. Construction of the new Ariane 6 launch pad has also restarted.

COVID-19 lockdown measures introduced in March meant that all but safety-critical operations were suspended at the Spaceport and the vast site had to be secured. Strict new safety and hygiene procedures have now been introduced. Launch teams returning from mainland Europe will spend two weeks in quarantine.

Vega is due to return to flight this summer on its first rideshare mission dedicated to small satellites and Vega’s new dispenser called the Small Spacecraft Mission Service.

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15 Comments

  1. You should livestream the launches like Nasa and SpaceX does. Get the public involved.
    Would also easier to get more funds since it is more known.

  2. Too well paid for their work! Fifteen years of "leadership in commercial flight" and unable to produce a new reusable launcher before the USA or anyone else…
    It was the time of the easy fat cows…

  3. I understand why it’s in French Guiana, but it would’ve been allot cooler would Europe’s first space port have actually been in Europe…

  4. Would so love to see one taking of I’ve even got my children interested in it now and my grandson your best channel I’ve got on my iPad keep up good work and stay safe x

  5. Back to bankruptcy, with no strategy for reusable rockets. In an era of reusable rockets that takes people in space, why should anyone pay for some government employees to keep their nice and big salaries at the expense of everybody else?

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