LYON, France—The 15th mission of Arianespace’s Vega light launcher (VV15) failed July 10, tarnishing the thus-far-impeccable track record of the Italian-designed vehicle. “Approximately two minutes after liftoff, shortly after ignition of the Zefiro 23 second stage, a launcher anomaly occurred, leading to the premature end of the mission,” according to Arianespace, the launch operator. “Data analyses are in progress,” manufacturer Avio adds. An ...

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