Late Monday night, a European rocket carrying two satellites crashed, causing the plane to lose payloads. This was the second major failure of this particular type of rocket in the last two years.
The failed rocket was called the Vega, one of the primary rockets developed by European launch carrier AriansSpace. The vehicle flew last night from Europe’s primary space port in French Guiana. The rocket also had the Spanish Earth-Imaging satellite SEOSat-Ingenio, operated by the European Space Agency, and another imaging satellite, TARANIS, from France.
About eight minutes after the flight, the engine on the upper stage of the vehicle caught fire. As soon as that happened, the rocket began to deviate and its height began to decrease. Attempts were made to establish a signal with the distracted Ariansപ്പെട്ടpace rocket but were eventually unable to connect, destroying both payloads on the boat, indicating that it had fallen out of orbit. After checking the data, The company believes that there is a problem with the upper stage engine activation system.
My thoughts are with all the teams in particular CDTI And NCNES For their hard work on the two missing moons. I will personally make sure we are together Rian Arianespace Understand the root cause completely. We bring # Speed Return to the reliability of the service it has shown since 2012.
– John Warner (an John Warner) November 17, 2020
“Unfortunately we can confirm that the mission was lost,” Stefan Israel, CEO of Arianspace, said in a live stream of the launch last night. “You understand that I would like to extend my deepest apologies to our customers for this mission.” ArianeSpace says the rocket landed in an uninhabited area.
This is the second major failure of the speed rocket in the last two years. A speed rocket in July 2019 The United Arab Emirates Armed Forces lost a satellite, Caused the vehicle to crash midflight due to structural failure. Arianspace The Vega rocket was returned to the aircraft in September this year, Launches 53 small satellites into orbit.