Arianespace's Vega mission, carrying UAE's FalconEyeI satellite, fails

European commercial satellite launch company Arianespace today said that its Vega mission, Flight VV15, carrying the UAE's FalconEye1 satellite, had failed today.
"Approximately two minutes after the Vega launcher’s liftoff from the spaceport in French Guiana, a launcher anomaly occurred shortly after ignition of the Zefiro 23 second stage – leading to the premature end of the mission," a press release from Arianespace said.
"Data analyses are in progress to clarify the reasons for this failure. An independent inquiry commission will be set up in the coming hours," the release added.
The flight had taken off from Kourou in French Guiana at 10:53 pm (local time) on Wednesday (5:53 am UAE time and 7:23 am IST).
The flight was due to last 57 minutes from liftoff to separation of the FalconEye1 high-performance optical Earth observation satellite, which was to be placed into a Sun-synchronous orbit.
FalconEye1 was meant to be the first of two spacecraft in the UAE's FalconEye satellite system, which is for two primary purposes: supporting the country's needs of its armed forces and supplying the commercial market with imagery.
The satellite was produced by Airbus Defence and Space as prime contractor and Thales Alenia Space as co-prime contractor.
Earlier, the launch of the satellite was postponed twice, on July 5 and July 7 (French Guiana time) because of continuing adverse weather conditions, including high-altitude winds above the spaceport.
The follow-on FalconEye2 spacecraft, also manufactured by the Airbus Defence and Space/Thales Alenia Space teaming, was scheduled to be orbited before the end of 2019 on a separate Vega mission.

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