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Vega | Astrocast, Flock & Others

Launch Time
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:30 UTC
Flight VV-16


Status: Active
Price: $37.0 million
Liftoff Thrust: 2,200 kN
Payload to LEO: 1,436 kg
Stages: 4
Strap-ons: 0
Rocket Height: 29.9 m
Fairing Diameter: 2.6 m
Fairing Height: 7.88 m


Astrocast 1 to 10

Astrocast is a network of Nanosatellites providing global L-band machine-to-machine (M2M) services. The satellites are orbiting in a low earth polar orbit. This allows the creation of a global network covering the entire globe, including the poles. Thanks to a dedicated frequency band, the constellation can scale without fear of noise generated by other devices. Astrocast estimates it can build, launch and operate a 64-cubesat constellation for less than $50 million to provide low-data-rate communications. The constellation will consist of eight operational satellites per orbital plane, and eight different orbital planes in sun-synchronous polar orbits. After integration of the NanoLink terminal, the ground based assets can reliably and securely send any kind of sensor data to the constellation of nanosatellites that will acknowledge the reception. Astrocast enables transmission of 1KB/day from any region on the earth.
Payloads: 10
Total Mass: 4 kg

Flock-v 1 to 6

The Flock earth observing constellation built and operated by Planet Labs (formerly Cosmogia Inc.) consists of numerous triple CubeSats. The majority of the satellites featured a standard RGB imaging system, but five satellites were fitted with experimental systems working in different optical spectral bands. Planet Labs satellites each carry a telescope and a frame CCD camera equipped with Bayer-mask filter. The CCD sensor converts filtered photons into electrons, which are then amplified in order to produce a digital number corresponding to each pixel in each band. Planet Labs has flown three generations of optical instruments: Planet Scope 0 (PS0), Planet Scope 1 (PS1), and Planet Scope 2 (PS2). Images have different attributes depending on satellite altitude and instrument type. PS0 features a 2 element Maksutov Cassegrain optical system paired with an 11MP CCD detector. Optical elements are mounted relative to the structure of the spacecraft. PS1 features the same optical system as PS0, aligned and mounted in an isolated carbon fiber/titanium telescope. This telescope is matched with an 11MP CCD detector. PS2 features a five element optical system that provides a wider field of view and superior image quality. This optical system is paired with a 29MP CCD detector.
Payloads: 6
Total Mass: 5 kg
Low Earth Orbit


Lemur-2 is the initial constellation of low-Earth orbiting satellites built by Spire. These satellites carry two payloads for meteorology and ship traffic tracking. The Lemur-2 satellites carry two payloads: STRATOS GPS radio occultation payload and the SENSE AIS payload.
Payloads: 3
Total Mass: 4 kg


Trisat is the first Slovenian satellite to be sent into orbit. It will perform multispectral and shortwave infrared imaging of the Earth.
Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 4 kg

Other playloads

Other CubSats will share this flight: Spaceflight, Esail, Athena, GHGSat-C1, PICASSO, SIMBA, DIDO-3, Royal Thai Air Force cubesat, NEMO-HD, Swarm 0.25 cubesat (x12), D-Orbit’s ION CubeSat Carrier: Dove(x6)
Payloads: 27