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Bad cabling blamed for failed launch of European satellites


  • Arianespace said that wrong cabling was likely to blame for the failed launch of a rocket that was meant to lift 2 European satellites into orbit. The European Space Agency said the Vega carrier rocket deviated from its trajectory 8 minutes after liftoff from Kourou, in French Guiana on 16 Nov.
  • The company’s chief technical officer, Roland Lagier, said data indicated the issue was down to wrongly installed cables in a system controlling the thrusters.