Last Wednesday, the European Space Agency successfully launched the Vega rocket from French Guiana after a delay of about a year. The launch was carried out at the European Space Port and the mission was to deploy 53 small satellites into orbit. According to ESA, the mission was a complete success and demonstrated the capability of Vega and the wider small spacecraft service distribution unit to provide launch services to customers. < p > < p > the Vega launch took place on September 3 at the European Union space port, the first flight to demonstrate the Vega payload service, which involves the aforementioned small spacecraft mission service (SSMS). The launch was ultimately intended to demonstrate Europe’s ability to provide its own dedicated launch service. < / P > < p > like other companies in this growing industry, the purpose of small spacecraft mission services is to launch small satellites for paying customers, as well as for routine launches. This allows governments, academic institutions and private companies to develop their own satellites and use existing & quot; hitchhikers & quot; services to send them into space for a fee. “We are very proud that the European Space port is back in business,” said Daniel neuschwander, director of space transport at ESA. Europe’s first small spacecraft mission opened the door for small satellites to enter space at regular prices, a new approach that shows that we are addressing new market demands. < p > < p > ESA explained that the SSMS is a modular, lightweight structure that can distribute satellite payloads to space. Since the dispenser can be configured shortly before launch to suit the characteristics of each payload, ESA said it would be a convenient and cost-effective option for customers who wish to launch small satellites, each weighing about 150 kg. Chinese version of K-car: reading a10e design drawing exposure