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Europe's Vega Rocket Launch With UAE Satellite Fails, 'Falcon Eye 2' to Be Launched

Europe's Vega Rocket Launch With UAE Satellite Fails, 'Falcon Eye 2' to Be Launched

Thursday, 11 July, 2019 - 08:30
A handout illustration made available by European Space Agency ESA shows a Vega rocket carrying Earth Explorer Aeolus from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 22 August 2018 (reissued 11 July 2019) - EPA Photos
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The Arianespace company announced on Thursday that the European Vega rocket, carrying the UAE's 'Falcon Eye 1' satellite, deviated from its orbit after two minutes of blast off, and the satellite has been lost in space.

"Detailed analysis, reasons of the unsuccessful launch, is still underway," WAM reported the company as saying.

Preparations are underway for the launch of 'Falcon Eye 2' satellite, part of the overall Falcon Eye satellite system.

The statement noted that anomaly occurred shortly after ignition of the second stage.

According to the Associated Press, the launch, with its Falcon Eye 1 payload, was originally set for July 7 but was postponed because of high-altitude winds.


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