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Arianespace's Vega rocket suffered its first failure last night and dumped its United Arab Emirates payload into the Atlantic Ocean.
The 15th launch of the booster had been grounded for days due to high winds at the launch complex in French Guiana. The previous 14, including the maiden flight in 2012, had all gone off without a hitch. This mission, however, went south approximately two minutes after the 01:53 UTC liftoff.
P80 - Stage - Rocket - Bit - Point
The P80 first stage of the rocket fired as planned, but it all went a bit wrong at the point of separation and ignition of the Zefiro 23 second stage.
Night owls (including us) watching the mission webcast noted the second stage didn't seem to ignite at all and telemetry indicated the rocket's ascent had stopped.
Word - Arianespace - Rocket - Manufacturer - Avio
There's no official word yet on what actually went wrong. Arianespace and rocket manufacturer Avio have kicked...
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