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Vega – A launcher for small satellites
Measuring around 30 metres in length and three metres in diameter, VEGA is the smallest of ESA's three launch vehicles. Weighing around 139 tons in total, the system is capable of transporting payloads of up to 2.5 tons. VEGA was mainly designed to carry relatively small research and Earth-observation satellites into polar or near-Earth orbits. Compared to most other small rockets, however, VEGA enjoys a crucial advantage: on every flight, it can carry several satellites at a time into different orbits.
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