Today, at 3:52 am Kiev time, the next launch of the Vega carrier rocket from the Kourou cosmodrome in French Guiana took place. This is the second launch of the Vega LV in 2020 and already the seventeenth under the Arianespace program.
Two satellites were to be launched into orbit by a Ukrainian-powered launch vehicle: one for the European Space Agency (ESA) and Spain, the other for the French Space Agency (CNES).
"8 minutes after the start of the VV17 mission Vega, after the first ignition of the engine of the upper stage Avum, a deviation from the trajectory was detected, resulting in a loss of flight," said the launching company Arianespace in a press release. p>
“Unfortunately, during the work of the fourth degree, telemetry was received on its deviation from the specified trajectory. The satellites have been declared lost, "says the statement on the official page of Yuzhmash on Facebook.
At the fourth stage of the Vega, a Ukrainian-made RD-843 engine is installed. RD-843 is a liquid-propellant jet engine developed by the Ukrainian design bureau Yuzhnoye. The engines are manufactured at the Yuzhmash plant in Dnepropetrovsk.