A thermo-structural failure, prompting a violent event in the second-stage engine, most likely caused the premature termination of the Vega VV15 launch this summer from French Guiana, according to an independent commission analyzing the incident. The commission has proposed a plan to allow the next Vega launch by the first quarter of 2020; two launches had been planned for the remainder of 2019. Avio’s Vega launcher lifted off at 10:53 p.m. on July 10 to deliver a FalconEye1 Earth ...

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