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Esa's Vega rocket to launch next month

Europe has named Thursday 9 February as the day it intends to launch its new Vega rocket for the very first time.

The 30m-tall vehicle has been developed to take small satellites into orbit, and will fly from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana.

The project has been led by Italian industry and is years behind on its original schedule, but European Space Agency Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain, says he will not force the pace.

  • 09 Jan 2012