Arianespace's Vega Rocket Launch Fails, UAE Satellite Lost

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 13, 2019

It is now unclear what the cause was, according to officials. The payload has now been lost, Space News reported. The vehicle's burning first-stage appears as a bright white dot in the flight video.

The European Vega rocket had been launched from French Guiana on Wednesday evening (July 10) to put a Falcon Eye 1 spy satellite into orbit for UAE's military-with an identical satellite due to launch soon.

In a statement, Arianespace, an affiliate of aerospace giant Airbus and multinational high-tech producer Safran, said a launcher on the rocket had failed.

The reason for the failure was not immediately known. "An independent inquiry commission will be set up in the coming hours", it continued.

Fabreguettes said, "As you have seen, about two minutes after liftoff, around the Z23 ignition, a major anomaly occurred resulting in the loss of the mission". "On behalf of Arianespace, I wish to express my deepest apologies to our customers for the loss of their payload and telling them how sorry I am". While the country had scheduled a second satellite - Falcon Eye 2 - for later in the year, that timeline is now uncertain.

The UAE satellite that was lost was was the Falcon Eye 1, created to provide imagery for the the UAE Armed Forces and commercial markets.

The Vega rocket launched at 1:53 GMT on Thursday before veering off course during its second-stage ignition phase.

The Vega rocket launched the FalconEye1 Earth-observation satellite for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

It is the first time a Varga rocket, which carries light equipment into space, has failed following 14 successful launches since it began operations from the base in the French territory in the north of the South American continent back in 2012.

The rocket is named after the brightest star in the constellation Lyra, which is located around 25 light-years from the sun.

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