Vega failure review conclusion: ‘We’re not sure what happened. Check everything for a Q1 2020 return to flight’

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The board of inquiry investigating the July 11 failure of Europe’s Vega rocket issued preliminary findings that left unanswered the core question of why, after 14 successes since its inaugural flight, the vehicle’s second stage appeared to break up under normal launch conditions.

The commission’s recommendation, that the Vega team make its own verification of the findings and then conduct unspecified “corrective actions on all subsystems, processes and equipment concerned,” did not help clarify the issue.

One European government officials who was not part of the inquiry agreed . . .

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