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Contract signed for Vega launch the ESA Biomass satellite

For Earth observation

Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA) have announced today the closing of the contract to launch the Biomass Earth observation satellite with Vega.

The Earth Explorer Biomass mission will provide global maps of the amount of carbon stored in forests worldwide, mainly through the analysis of carbon dioxide release due to fossil fuels consumption and deforestation. Biomass also will provide essential support to United Nations treaties on the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

Biomass will be launched by the Vega launcher from the European Spaceport in French Guiana, in a launch window starting from October 2022.

The satellite will feature a mass at launch of around 1,200 kg, and will be placed in a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 666 km.

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