European Astrotech Fuels two spacecraft for the Vega VV23 mission

Posted September 27th, 2023 Article

Westcott based European Astrotech has successfully fuelled and pressurized the F7R Triton satellite with hydrazine in preparation for the next Vega flight, VV23 on 4th October.

The fuelling took place in the S3B facility at Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana, on behalf of the Taiwanese Space Agency (TASA) and Arianespace.  This is the second fuelling mission undertaken for TASA, following on from the successful multiple loading of six F7 spacecraft at SpaceX in 2018.

This marks the third successful collaboration between Airbus Space and Defence, Toulouse and European Astrotech, following on from FalconEye-1 and FalconEye-2.

In July a team of European Astrotech engineers fuelled the EUCLID spacecraft on behalf of ESA, OHB-SE and TAS-I ahead of its launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9.