Standing tall at the Spaceport in French Guiana, Vega has received its payload of 53 small satellites and is now undergoing final preparations for Arianespace’s June 18 maiden ride-share mission with the light-lift launcher. During integration activity at the Spaceport’s SLV Launch Complex, the Vega was “topped off” with its upper composite, consisting of a new-design rideshare dispenser system carrying 46 small CubeSats and seven microsatellites weighing 15 kg. to 150 kg. – all of which are encapsulated in the launcher’s protective payload fairing. Vega is ready for final preparations leading to Thursday’s nighttime liftoff on a proof of concept (PoC) mission lasting 1 hour, 44 minutes and 56 seconds, during which the payloads will be deployed in Sun-synchronous orbits for 21 customers from 13 countries.