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Two satellites lost in Vega launch failure

November 17th, 2020 by

Arianespace announced the loss of the Vega VV17 mission, which was carrying two payloads, SEOSAT-Ingenio, an Earth-science observation satellite for the European Spatial Agency (ESA) and TARANIS for France’s National Centre for Space Studies (CNES). Human error is suspected to have caused the mishap.

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Two satellites fail to separate from dispenser in recent Vega launch

October 11th, 2020 by

Two microsatellites have failed to separate from their dispenser during the launch of a Vega rocket (Flight VV16), a source was quoted as saying by Sputnik news agency.

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Starliner Orbital Flight Test Independent Review Team update

March 10th, 2020 by

The joint NASA and Boeing Independent Review Team formed following the anomalies during the company’s uncrewed Orbital Flight Test as a part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program has completed its initial investigation.

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Canadian laser aboard OSIRIS-REx fails

March 4th, 2020 by

On 11 February 2020, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft safely executed a flyover of the backup sample collection site Osprey as part of the mission’s activities in orbit around asteroid Bennu. The Canadian OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA) did not operate as expected during the 11-hour event and has been declared inoperable.

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Iranian satellite fails to reach planned orbit

February 9th, 2020 by

Another Iranian attempt to launch a satellite has failed, even though reportedly all stages of the flight took place as planned. However, the satellite did not reach the speed needed to inject it into the desired orbit, according to the Iranian Fars news.

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Software bug could have doomed Boeing’s Starliner

February 9th, 2020 by

Boeing narrowly missed a “catastrophic failure” during its December flight test of the CST-100 Starliner that was cut short by an unrelated problem, a NASA safety review panel said. It recommended that the agency examine Boeing’s software verification process before letting it fly humans to space.

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