November 17, 2020

[PRESS] Taranis : Vega fails on 17th flight

Mission failure. 8 minutes after liftoff of Vega mission VV17, following the first ignition of the engine of the Avum upper stage, a deviation of trajectory was identified, entailing the loss of the mission.

Telemetry data analyses are in progress to determine the cause of this failure.

 This failure of Vega reminds us once more that we are in a tough business and that the line between
success and failure is a very fine one indeed. Our teams shall now be getting straight down to work to
analyse, understand and fix the causes of the failure so that we can resume flights as soon as possible.

Jean - Yves Le Gall, CNES President

Arianespace will set a press conference Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 at 10:00 am Kourou time / 2:00 pm Paris time. The call-in number will be provided to the media.


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