June 16, 2021

The rocket carrying the Spanish satellite ‘Ingenio’ deviates after takeoff

Preparations for the launch of the Spanish satellite Seosat-Ingenio.

Preparations for the launch of the Spanish satellite Seosat-Ingenio.

The rocket ‘Vega’ of the European Space Agency that transported the Spanish satellite ‘Ingenio’ and the French ‘Taranis‘deviated from the predicted trajectory just eight minutes after takeoff, according to the latest ESA data.

A deviation that has meant the loss of this mission, which had planned to put the Spanish satellite ‘Ingenio’ into orbit for observing the Earth, considered one of the milestones of the Spanish aerospace industry, which has led its construction and which was going to be in charge of both the control of the mission as well as the communications and the processing of all the data that he had to provide.

In its latest communication on this incident, the European Space Agency reported that 8 minutes after takeoff and after the first start of the engine a deviation of the trajectory was identified “which meant the loss of the mission”.

ESA has already started analyze telemetry data to determine cause of failure, and today Agency officials will appear at a press conference at the Kuru space complex (French Guiana) to report on what happened.

The rocket, which in addition to the Ingenio also carries the French satellite Taranis, had been launched at the scheduled time, at 02:52 Spanish peninsular hours (01:52 GMT) and had planned, according to Arianespace plans, to separate the Spanish satellite 54 minutes after takeoff and do the same with the Gallic satellite 1.42 hours after launch.

The ‘Ingenio’ should have been released from the rocket and placed in a heliosynchronous orbit (following the direction of the sun as if it were a sunflower), at an altitude of approximately 670 kilometers, from where it had planned to observe the Earth for the next seven years – although He was carrying fuel for dioez.


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