Vega-C rocket’s test firing anomaly likely pushes return to flight into 2024; ESA says industry must finance cost of Ariane 6 delays

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — Europe’s new Vega-C medium-lift rocket, grounded since December after it failed on its second mission, is unlikely to return to flight this year following an issue with a test firing of its newly designed second-stage engine.

Vega-C prime contractor Avio SpA said the test firing of the Zefiro-40 motor, designed to last for 97 seconds, lost pressure after 40 seconds for reasons not yet known.

The test firing of the Zefiro-40 was ordered by an . . .

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