Eight minutes after takeoff, the Vega rocket that would make history for Spain ended in an unfortunate failure, losing a couple of European satellites.
These November days looked destined to mark history for space exploration. On the one hand we had the Crew-1 manned mission of Spacex and on the other the Vega rocket of the European Space Agency (ESA).
The first mission successfully brought a group of astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) and the second is supposed to put a pair of satellites into orbit. But something went wrong.
How it all happened
As reported by the THAT The Vega rocket registered « an anomaly » in its trajectory just 8 minutes after takeoff, starting a succession of events that led to the failure of the mission.
The Vega rocket, which was carrying the Spanish ground observation satellite Ingenio and the French Taranis, left the Kurú spaceport, in French Guiana.
But the « anomaly », not yet fully explained, caused the trajectory to deviate. Thus discarding in an instant a project of more than EUR € 200 million invested.
The original plan was to deploy the first rocket 52 minutes after the start of the flight at 670 kilometers above Earth. But that was not possible.
More data needs to be collected to conclude what happened. But it should be noted that the Vega rocket was originally developed by ESA and the Italian Space Agency (ASI), having its first launch in 2012.
So its reliable performance was something everyone considered a given.