European Vega-C rocket fails after liftoff

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The rocket was carrying two Airbus satellited and failed after due an anomaly  

After successfully making its inaugural journey on July 13, the launch of the European Vega C rocket failed after taking off. According to a report by Associated Press on Wednesday, December 21, a statement issued by the launch service provider Arianespace said, an anomaly occurred approximately 2 minutes and 27 seconds after liftoff, which resulted in ending the Vega C mission. 

Arianespace Chief Executive Stephane Israel later made a official statement that said, “A condition called under-pressure on the second stage of Vega C, known as Zefiro-40, had led to a very serious anomaly shortly after it ignited”. Israel further added, “Unfortunately we can say that the mission is lost and I want to deeply apologise”, the report said.  

The latest mission for Europe´s light launcher was organised by the European Space Agency in association with 12 members states of agency. The Vega C rocket was meant to carry two earth observers satellites by Airbus to be a part of a Pleiades constellation that take pictures of earth from space.

This was the first time since its inaugural flight that a commercial mission was planned to carry satellites for another company into orbit. The Vega C rocket was capable of lifting about 800 kilograms into space.  

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