Launch time: 8:52:20 pm EST on 16th (01:52:20 GMT on 17th)
Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
Destination: Low Earth Orbit
After a nominal lift-off, Arianespace Vega rocket VV17 experienced an anomaly after the ignition of its upper stage Avum engine. Its trajectory degraded, and it failed to reach its target orbit. Both satellite payloads – the $237M SEOSat-Ingenio Earth observation satellite and the $136M Taranis scientific research satellite – were lost.
The SEOSat-Ingenio Earth-imaging satellite was managed by the Spanish Center for Development of Industry Technology, an arm of the Spanish government, in partnership with the European Space Agency. Airbus Defense and Space built the SEOSat-Ingenio spacecraft. The Taranis spacecraft, developed by the French space agency CNES, was going to study the transfers of energy between the Earth atmosphere and the space environment occurring above thunderstorms.
Launch delayed from June by coronavirus concerns. Delayed from Aug. 25 and September in ripple effect from Vega/SSMS POC delays. Moved forward from Nov. 18. Delayed from Nov 13.
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