Rocket launch failure likely caused by faulty part from Ukraine


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The space launch was scheduled to take 2 Earth observation satellites into orbit

The European Space Agency said Friday that an investigation into the failure of a rocket carrying two Earth observation satellites last year indicated the cause was a faulty part procured from Ukraine.

The Vega C rocket ditched in the sea less than three minutes after liftoff from a spaceport in French Guiana in December. Arianespace, which provided the launch service, said at the time that decrease in pressure was observed in the rocket’s second stage, "leading to the premature end of the mission."

"The cause of the failure was a gradual deterioration of the Zefiro 40’s nozzle," the European Space Agency said.

The cause must have been the 10% of the part that went to the Big Guy!