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‘Thermo-structural failure’ identified as root cause of Vega anomaly

September 5th, 2019 by

The Independent Inquiry Commission, tasked with analysing the failure of Vega Flight VV15, submitted its findings on Wednesday, 4 September 2019. co-chaired by the Inspector General of the European Space Agency (ESA); and the Senior Vice President, Technical and Quality of Arianespace; the Commission was appointed on Thursday, 11 July 2019. According to its assigned task, after having analysed the flight data, the Commission identified possible causes for the anomaly and drew up recommendations for Vega to resume launches under the requisite conditions of safety, security and reliability.

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Iranian rocket explodes on launch pad

August 29th, 2019 by

An Iranian rocket exploded on its launch pad at Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran before its scheduled launch on 29 August 2019, an Iranian official said.

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ExoMars 2020 parachute testing unsuccessful

August 13th, 2019 by

As the second ExoMars mission, comprising a rover and surface science platform, progresses towards launch next year, teams continue to troubleshoot the parachute design following an unsuccessful high-altitude drop test last week, ESA said.

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GOES-17 mishap investigation board study completed

August 1st, 2019 by

A Mishap Investigation Board appointed by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has identified the most likely cause for an instrument issue aboard NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-17 satellite that launched on 1 March 2018 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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Launch insurance costs expected to increase after Vega crash

July 31st, 2019 by

Satellite launches are likely to cost more to insure after the European Vega rocket failure this month, Reuters news agency quoted insurance industry sources as saying.

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Intelsat 29e anomaly investigation has no clear result

July 31st, 2019 by

A failure review board comprised of the satellite’s manufacturer, Boeing Satellite Systems, Inc., Intelsat and external independent experts has completed its analysis of the cause of the Intelsat 29e anomaly in April 2019 that resulted in a total loss of the satellite.

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