Arianespace – Flight Vega VV17 – SEOSAT-Ingenio / TARANIS: Mission failure
(Source: Arianespace; issued Nov 16, 2020)
Eight minutes after liftoff of Vega mission VV17, following the first ignition of the engine of the Avum upper stage, a deviation of trajectory was identified, entailing the loss of the mission.

Telemetry data analyses are in progress to determine the cause of this failure.

There will be a press conference Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 at 10:00 am Kourou time / 2:00 pm Paris time. The call-in number will be provided to the media.


Arianespace provides launch services for all types of satellites into all orbits. It has orbited more than 700 satellites since 1980, using its family of three launchers, Ariane, Soyuz and Vega, from launch sites in French Guiana (South America) and Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Arianespace is headquartered in Evry, near Paris, and is a subsidiary of ArianeGroup, which holds 74% of its share capital, with the balance held by 15 other shareholders from the European launcher industry.

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Vega Fails On 17th Flight
(Source: French National Space Center, CNES; issued Nov. 17, 2020)
Statement by CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall after the failure of Vega on its 17th flight:

“This failure of Vega reminds us once more that we are in a tough business and that the line between success and failure is a very fine one indeed.

“Our teams shall now be getting straight down to work to analyse, understand and fix the causes of the failure so that we can resume flights as soon as possible.”

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