Vega rocket fails after takeoff in French Guiana

Agence France-Presse
Vega rocket fails after takeoff in French Guiana

AFP

It is the first failure after 14 successful launches of Vega – Arianespace's lightweight launcher – since operations began at the Guiana Space Center in 2012

KOUROU, France – A rocket carrying a satellite for the United Arab Emirates failed shortly after taking off from French Guiana on Wednesday night, July 10, launch company Arianespace said.

“About two minutes after takeoff a major anomaly occurred, leading to the loss of the mission,” said Luce Fabreguettes, director of operations in Kourou, on the northern coast of the French territory in South America.

It is the first failure after successful launches of Vega – Arianespace’s lightweight launcher – since operations began at the Guiana Space Center in 2012.

“On behalf of Arianespace, I wish to express our deepest apologies to our customers for the loss of their cargo,” Fabreguettes added.

Video of the launch showed the rocket’s trajectory began to deviate after two minutes, then was significantly “degraded”, according to Arianespace. 

The reason for the failure was not immediately known.

The launch was postponed twice due to high winds over the Spaceport.

Vega was meant to take the UAE’s FalconEye1 satellite into the Earth’s orbit. – Rappler.com

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