New launch date for Vega

ESA has changed the launch date of Vega, carrying 8 amateur radio satellites, to Thursday, February 9.

Vega will launch from the ESA launch site at Kourou in the Caribbean.

It will carry 7 amateur radio Cubesats and an amateur radio Microsatellite called ALMASat.

Many rocket launch dates are subject to “slippage” and brand new launch vehicles can slip the launch date more than most. If Vega fails to meet the February 9 date then it will have a short window in which it can be launched before being delayed for many weeks due to an Arianne ATV cargo ship launch from Kourou to the International Space Station planned for March 9.

Read the BBC story at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16480111

Frequencies and links for the amateur radio satellites can be found at
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/esa9cubf.htm