The launch vehicle Vega with 53 micro – and nano-satellites on Board will be launched from Kourou in French Guiana September 1, not August 17, as previously planned. This was announced on Sunday CEO of Arianespace, stéphane Israel.

"the Following will be a [missile] Vega, 1 Sep. This is a very important start because it needs to confirm the concept of SSMS (send on orbit small satellites – approx. TASS), as on Board the Vega will be 53 satellites," he said after Saturday’s launch of the Ariane 5 rocket in an interview published on the company’s page in YouTube.

Initially, the launch of Vega was to be held on 18 June, however, due to adverse weather conditions it was postponed several times. In the beginning of the month, Arianespace announced that the launch postponed to August 17.

Launch of Vega with 53 micro – and nano-satellites aboard should be the first line after a forced break because of the epidemic coronavirus infection, the distribution of which is still continuing in French Guiana. The start will be the first project SSMS, Arianespace plans to launch the satellites 21 of the customer from 13 countries. Devices weighing up to 150 kg will perform a variety of tasks including Earth observation, the provision of telecommunications, scientific measurements, testing of technologies and implementation of educational projects.