I have embarked on designing selected rockets from other Space Agencies, beginning with the Vega rocket.
Vega is an expendable launch system in use by Arianespace, developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian Space Agency.
The Vega rocket is the smallest of all 3 European launchers. Learn more about Vega here.
Seven European countries contributed to the development of the Vega rocket: France, Spain, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.
The Vega rocket is 30 meters tall, and at 1:96 scale, that’s about 12 inches tall (31 cm).
At the time of this post, Vega was launched for it’s 9th launch (VV9) from Kourou in French Guiana, South America, launching the Sentinel 2b satellite, a twin satellite from the Copernicus constellation. The Sentinel 2a was launched previously on a Vega on mission VV5 in 2015.
This post will serve as an assembly manual, too. All the photos shown here are from the Vega prototype model. Important: to assemble the model, align the seamlines of the rocket parts.
Although this model is very easy to build, the engine section has its complexity. The P80 nozzle is a moving nozzle, that moves with the aid of two electro-mechanical actuators in the real Vega rocket. These actuators are fixed to a special skirt that surrounds half of the nozzle. There are not many photos that show this area in particular, but during my research I was able to put this puzzle together by finding 2 photos that show this area during the assembly of the rocket.
The following photos will explain:
The model is available at my website here for free download. Enjoy!
Next European rocket: Ariane V