Employees are returning to Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana to renew preparations for Vega and Ariane 5 launches. Building of the brand new Ariane 6 launch pad has additionally restarted.
COVID-19 lockdown measures launched in March meant that each one however safety-critical operations had been suspended on the Spaceport and the huge web site needed to be secured. Strict new security and hygiene procedures have now been launched. Launch groups getting back from mainland Europe will spend two weeks in quarantine.
Vega is because of return to flight this summer season on its first rideshare mission devoted to small satellites and Vega’s new dispenser referred to as the Small Spacecraft Mission Service.
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