The launch of the Vega light launch vehicle with the United Arab Emirates’s Falcon Eye 1 satellite, launched from the Kourou cosmodrome in French Guiana, ended in failure.
"There was a serious deviation, which led to the loss of the mission"
The rocket broke away from the launch pad at 22:53 local time on July 10 (around 5 am on July 11 Moscow time).
Almost immediately after the launch, the rocket's trajectory shifted, which soon became fatal.
Luce Fabregett, executive vice president of the French company Arianespace, said: "Approximately two minutes after launch … a serious deviation occurred that led to the loss of the mission."
“On behalf of Arianespace, I would like to offer my deepest apologies to our customers for the loss of cargo. The company will provide more detailed information about the incident after analyzing the incident, ”says Fabregatt, Sputnik.
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The Falcon Eye 1 was to be the tenth orbital satellite of the United Arab Emirates.
The UAE is actively developing its space program. In 2020, the satellite constellation of this country should increase to 12. Also next year, the UAE are going to send a research probe to Mars.
Why was the Soyuz launched from the French cosmodrome?
In February 2019, the Director General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center Yousef Hamad Al-Shaibani announced at a press conference in Dubai that the first UAE astronaut will go into orbit on the Russian Soyuz ship this fall.
In April 2019, it became known that a 35-year-old military pilot Hazza al-Mansuri would fly into space. He will go into orbit on the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft. Especially for its 8-day mission, traditional Arabic dishes made by space nutrition experts will be delivered to the ISS.
Against this background, the current failure was for the UAE a tub of cold water.
Vega: a project of long development
The Vega launch vehicle project has been developed since 1998 jointly by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian Space Agency (ASI). Italians themselves have been working on this rocket since the early 1990s. Since 2000, he has been accepted into the Ariane launch vehicle program.
Vega belongs to the currently popular class of light launch vehicles. They are capable of launching scientific, military and amateur satellites weighing up to 2000 kg to polar circular low orbits.
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This rocket allowed the European Space Agency to get the entire line of carriers of various classes. The ESA also includes the average Russian Soyuz-ST, specially created for launches from the Kourou cosmodrome, and the heavy carrier Ariane-5.
Work on a four-stage rocket was very difficult. The timing of its first launch shifted several times, and the cost of the project grew.
The first launch of the Vega carrier took place on February 13, 2012 from the Kourou cosmodrome. Nine small satellites belonging to the Italian Space Agency, the National Institute of Aerospace Technology of Spain, as well as the universities of Italy, France, Poland, Romania and Hungary were put into low Earth orbit.
Accident casts doubt on the following launches
The project developers have set the task to bring the media to 3-5 launches per year. This level was achieved by 2015, when there were three successful launches.
In March 2019, Vega was launched by the Italian device PRISMA into a sun-synchronous orbit. This launch was the 14th consecutive successful project. The 15th start was the first emergency.
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Two more starts were scheduled for 2019, including the launch of the Falcon Eye 2 apparatus of the United Arab Emirates. The probability of postponing plans for an indefinite period is high. This will happen if the specialists fail to quickly determine the causes of the incident.
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