The launch vehicle Vega from the Kourou space centre postponed due to weather

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The launch vehicle Vega with the Aeolus satellite on Board, scheduled Wednesday night from Kourou in French Guiana, was postponed due to adverse weather conditions, says the company-operator of the spaceport with Arianespace.

«Check before starting for a flight VV12 was held on Monday, August 20,… And the carrier rocket Vega, and the Aeolus satellite was declared ready to start. However, due to adverse weather conditions the countdown readiness immediately before the start VV12, originally planned on (night) Wednesday, has been postponed,» read the communiqué.

New start time: 18.20 local time, August 22 (00.20 Thursday GMT).

«And the carrier rocket Vega, and the Aeolus satellite is stabilized and are in completely safe conditions,» the document reads.

Aeolus – the first satellite developed for the European space Agency (ESA) for remote sensing of wind. It is assumed that the satellite launch will allow to obtain data necessary for improving the quality of weather forecasts and will contribute to long-term climate studies.

The satellite was built by Airbus Defense and Space.

Vega light rocket, named after the second brightest star of the Northern hemisphere. The first launch of the four-stage PH was held in February, 2012 from Kourou (French Guiana).

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