N° 7–2019: Vega Flight VV15 Failure: Arianespace And ESA Appoint an Independent Inquiry Commission
(Source: ESA; issued July 11, 2019)
Arianespace announced today, 11 July, 2019, the failure of Flight VV15 carrying the FalconEye1 satellite. This was the first Vega failure after 14 successful launches in a row since being introduced at the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana in 2012.

The Vega launch vehicle lifted off as scheduled on July 10, 2019 at 10:53 pm (local time in French Guiana). Approximately two minutes after the Vega launcher’s liftoff, shortly after ignition of the second stage (Zefiro 23), a launcher anomaly occurred – leading to the premature end of the mission.

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Arianespace immediately decided to appoint an independent inquiry commission. This commission is tasked with analysing the reasons for the failure and defining the measures needed to ensure the resumption of Vega flights while fulfilling all requisite safety and security conditions. The inquiry commission is co-chaired by the Inspector General of ESA and the Senior Vice President, Technical and Quality of Arianespace.

Preparations for the next Ariane 5 launch are continuing at the Guiana Space Centre, Europe's Spaceport.

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Appointment of the Flight VV15 Inquiry Commission
(Source: Arianespace; issued July 11, 2019)
The European Space Agency (ESA) and Arianespace have decided to appoint an independent inquiry commission to analyze the reasons for the Flight VV15 failure and define measures needed to ensure the resumption of Vega flights while fulfilling all requisite safety and security conditions.

This inquiry commission is co-chaired by the Inspector General of ESA and the Senior Vice President, Technical and Quality of Arianespace.

Flight VV15, which carried the FalconEye1 satellite, was the first Vega failure after 14 successful launches in a row since being introduced at the Spaceport in French Guiana in 2012.

The Vega launch vehicle lifted off as scheduled on July 10, 2019 at 10:53 p.m. (local time). Approximately two minutes later, a launcher anomaly occurred shortly after ignition of Vega’s second stage (Zefiro 23) leading to the premature end of the mission.

Separately, preparations for the next Ariane 5 launch are continuing at the Spaceport.

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