Vegetation mission launches on Vega
Europe's Vega rocket has successfully completed its second mission.
The vehicle left the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana at 23:06 local time on Monday (02:06 GMT, Tuesday), placing three satellites in orbit.
Its primary payload was the 140kg Proba-V spacecraft.
This will acquire pictures of land use and vegetation changes from an altitude of 820km, maintaining an important data series started by the French Spot satellites in the late 1990s.
- From the section Science & Environment