The Vega colony was an Earth colony on a planet orbiting the star Vega. This colony was located less than ninety light years from Sol. It was one of the earliest Earth colonies established, along with Alpha Centauri and Terra Nova. Established as an outpost, Vega colony was, for many decades, located on the frontier of known space. By the time it became an important trading partner of Earth and other worlds, it was referred to as a colony. In the 2250s, Vega colony was several weeks away from Rigel VII at the maximum cruising speed of a Constitution-class heavy cruiser.