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There was a "major anomaly" during the launch of an Arianespace Vega rocket, resulting in the loss of "Falcon Eye 1", a $550M spy satellite for the United Arab Emirates. This was Vega's first failure, out of 15 total launches since 2012. The Vega rocket costs about $40 million to launch.












Socialist disease; or 'Snail-eating French Fatties fail to reach orbit'.



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Get your head around that total losses figure: = $600 Million. "Nous sommes très desolées".
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(The French Tax-Payer will pick up the Tab via EuroTaxes, perhaps)



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"The top speed achieved by the rocket, according to telemetry data included in Arianespace’s webcast, was approximately 2.17 kilometers per second, or 4,850 mph at Plus+2 minutes, 13 seconds. The telemetry plot then showed the Vega rocket’s velocity decreasing, and the vehicle deviated below its planned ascent trajectory before falling into the Atlantic Ocean north of the Guiana Space Center."



https://spaceflightnow.com/2019/07/11/uae-military-satellite-lost-in-vega-launch-failure/

There is some speculation from less official sources that a spate of lost spy satellite missions might be a cover-up. National Security concerns mean all confirmations or otherwise about the 'Zuma' Mission in
https://military.com/defensetech/2018/01/09/spacex-or-northrop-blame-lost-spy-satellite.html
https://theverge.com/2018/1/9/16866806/spacex-zuma-mission-failure-northrop-grumman-classified-falcon-9-rocket
Suggesting the missions succeeded with plausible deniability from Lockheed Grumman, United Launch Alliance and other US participants in the militarist conquest of our local space environment ....

Shucks! How my head hurts! Space Travel sucks.



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"Courage mounteth with the occasion."
King John Act 2, Scene 1.
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