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Vega fails after takeoff in French Guiana

A rocket carrying a satellite for the United Arab Emirates failed shortly after leaving French Guiana on Wednesday night, announced Arianespace launch company.

"About two minutes after takeoff, a major anomaly occurred, resulting in the loss of the mission," said Luce Fabreguettes, director of operations at Kourou, on the north coast of French territory in South America.

This is the first failure after fourteen successful launches of Vega – Arianespace's light-weight launcher – since the start of operations at the Guiana Space Center in 2012.

"On behalf of Arianespace, I would like to express our sincere apologies to our customers for the loss of their cargo," added Fabreguettes.

The video of the launch shows that the trajectory of the rocket began to spread out after two minutes, and then it is considerably "degraded", according to Arianespace.

The reason for the failure was not known immediately.

The launch was postponed twice due to strong winds on the Spaceport.

Vega was to bring the United Arab Emirates' FalconEye1 satellite into Earth's orbit.

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