ESA launches investigation after rocket fails and sends spy satellite crashing into Atlantic

Mail Online | 7/11/2019 | Reuters
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An investigation is under way after a European Vega rocket failed after take-off, destroying a military observation satellite as it was about to be placed in orbit for the United Arab Emirates, European space authorities said on Thursday.

The Italian-built launcher blasted off from a space port in French Guiana at 10:53 pm local time on Wednesday (0153 GMT on Thursday), carrying the FalconEye1 Earth observation satellite with a reported value of several hundred million dollars.

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Some two minutes into the flight, controllers began reporting signs that something had gone wrong shortly after ignition of the second stage, according to a launch webcast.

'The trajectory is very degraded,' a mission controller said, while an official commentator reported a loss of telemetry data from the rocket, operated by Europe's Arianespace.

Efforts - Launcher - Ground - Arianespace - Anomaly

Despite efforts to reconfigure the launcher from the ground, Arianespace later confirmed it had suffered a 'major anomaly' and apologised to the UAE for the loss of its payload.

'The European Space Agency and Arianespace immediately decided to appoint an independent inquiry commission,' ESA and Arianespace said in a joint...
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