Almost around 6 am in the United Arab Emirates a Vega rocket by Arianespace, Flight VV15, lifted off from Guiana Space Centre, situated in French Guiana on the eastern coast of South America, but almost after 6 minutes, the control room lost the telemetry connection with the rocket.
The Executive Vice President of the operations, missions & purchasing of Arianespace, Luce Fabreguettes apologized to the United Arab Emirates on the loss of reconnaissance satellite FalconEye1.
She stated that as you have seen about 2 minutes after the lift-off the rocket, there was an occurrence of a major anomaly which resulted in the loss of the mission. On behalf of the Arianespace, I want to express my deepest apologies to our customers since they incurred a loss of their payload & tell them how apologetic I am.
She stated that the clearer picture of what actually went wrong would be available in some hours as crews recover flight data.
The purpose of this satellite was to orbit the earth for the next ten years, providing high-quality images from around the globe for military, as well as, civilian use.
Developed by Airbus Defence & Space and Thales Alenia, in France, the satellite arrived at Guiana in the last week.
It was initially due to be launched on Saturday, 6th July & then Sunday 7th July but was delayed each time due to high winds.
The images FalconEye1 captures were due to be utilized for agricultural monitoring, urban regulation, mapping, urban planning, natural disaster prevention, and management. They were also meant to be used for surveying changes in the environment, desertification, as well as, monitor the United Arab Emirate’s borders & coasts.
There was live streaming of the launch on the Arianespace website & YouTube page.