European Vega-C rocket launch fails

(ORDO NEWS) — A European Vega-C rocket failed to launch Airbus satellites into orbit on Wednesday. Communication with Vega-C was lost shortly after its launch from Kourou in French Guiana.

Ten minutes after launch, at 01:47 GMT  the trajectory of the launch vehicle deviated from the programmed route, and communication was lost.

The rocket was supposed to put into orbit two Earth observation satellites built by Airbus.

The satellites were to join an existing network capable of receiving high-quality images from anywhere in the world several times a day.

Launch company Arianespace said in a statement that “an anomaly has occurred” in the second stage of the booster that completed the Vega-C mission. Data analysis is currently underway to determine the causes of this failure.

The flight, originally scheduled for 24 November, was delayed by a month due to a launcher failure.

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