Arianespace targets early 2021 for Vega return-to-flight
Presenting the results of an inquiry into a European Vega rocket failure last month, officials said Friday that misleading instructions and inadequate preflight checks caused teams to overlook wrongly-installed cables on the launcher’s upper stage steering system. Arianespace aims to resume Vega launches before the end of March.
Photos: Falcon 9 launches and lands at Vandenberg Air Force Base
International satellite launches to extend measurements of sea level rise
Photos: Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich encapsulated for launch
Live coverage: SpaceX launches oceanography satellite from California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4-East at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 12:17 p.m. EST (9:17 a.m. PST; 1717 GMT) Saturday with an oceanography satellite jointly developed by U.S. and European space and weather agencies. The rocket’s first stage booster returned to a bullseye landing back at Vandenberg.