Falcon Eye 1 spacecraft lost in Vega mishap

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A European Space Agency Vega rocket was scheduled to launch a low-Earth orbit observation satellite at 0153 GMT on July 11, 2019. Preliminary reports have indicated the launch vehicle encountered an anomaly shortly after liftoff. We will keep you updated as details continue to unfold.

The first reports of this apparent accident were reported by NASASpaceFlight’s Chris Bergin via Twitter.

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Date: 2019-07-11T02:21:51+00:00
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Quite a lot has been going on:

UAE’s Falcon Eye 1 lost in space after rocket failure

The UAE Space Agency was using the launch services of a company called Arianespace and their rocket, Vega, to send off Falcon Eye 1 to orbit from the Guiana Space Centre at 5.53am, UAE time.

A launcher anomaly occurred during Flight #VV15 shortly after ignition of the Zefiro 23 second stage, leading to premature end of the mission. Data analyses are in progress to clarify reasons for this failure. An independent inquiry commission will be set up in the coming hours.

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At 9.09 minutes, an Arianespace spokesperson said: “Ladies and gentlemen, as you have seen after two minutes of the launch, a major anomaly occurred, resulting in the loss of the mission. On behalf of Arianespace, I wish to express our deepest apologies to our customers for the loss of their payload and tell them how sorry I am. In the coming hours, we will get more information.”

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UAE military satellite lost in Vega launch failure

A European Vega launcher failed Wednesday night around two minutes after liftoff from French Guiana and fell into the Atlantic Ocean, destroying an Airbus-built surveillance satellite for the United Arab Emirates.

Arianespace, the French launch service provider in charge of Wednesday night’s mission, declared a failure minutes after the 98-foot-tall (30-meter) Vega rocket took off from the Guiana Space Center on the northeastern coast of South America.

Luce Fabreguettes, Arianespace’s executive vice president of missions, operations and purchasing, said the failure occurred around the time of ignition of the Vega rocket’s solid-fueled Zefiro 23 second stage.

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UAE Falcon Eye 1 satellite launch suffers ‘major anomoly’

The UAE’s fourth reconnaissance satellite, the Falcon Eye 1, successfully blasted off to space at exactly 5.53am UAE time on Thursday at the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana.

Bad weather prompted the space centre and authorities to call off two attempts to launch on July 6 and July 8.

Clear skies and calm winds on Thursday allowed for the launch of Falcon Eye 1 on the Vega Launch vehicle Flight VV15, the second Vega launch this year at the Guiana Space Centre.

‘From the first flight data analysis, we will get in the coming hours more precise information. We will communicate to everybody at the soonest. Again, let me present my deepest apologies to my customers.’

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