Mon. May 10th, 2021

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Arianespace, a French Launch Service Provider, said that they would form an independent commission to enquire the cause of the failure of the Vega rocket, VV17after lifting off from Fresh Guiana, Kourou on the night of November 16-17. The Vega rocket was carrying Spain’s SEOSAT-Ingenio and TARANIS, which belongs to the CNES. 

Everything was moving on well in the first eight minutes, after which there was a detection of the degraded trajectory, which made the vehicle to lose control and eventually the mission was lost. ESA said that the cause of the failure could be due to the rocket’s fourth-stage problem. The report also shows that the rocket fell in an uninhabited area. 

As the world is experiencing many challenging due to Covid-19 pandemic, the same case is happening to space. The pandemic has changed the launch dates and delayed engineering developments. However, some of the biggest missions have not been stopped. Also, numerous small satellite launches have been carried on successfully. 

Spain in high-resolution

SEOSAT project manager, Alex Popescu, said that SEOSAT is a dual camera capable of delivering optical images in white and black at a high-resolution of 8-feet. It also has the capacity to deliver color images in four colors: near-infrared, green, blue, and red at 10-meter resolution. 

The main focus of the SEOSAT is Spain, though it will still look South America and North Africa. Alex said that the high-resolution images would be used in various applications such as cartography, urban development, handling climate change, tackling natural calamities, environmental monitoring of land use and water, agriculture, and woodland cover. The data collected would be made available to commercial and public use. 

Alex said that many space missions are not confined to a certain locality, but they provide a global view. For example, he said by SEOSAT observing South America and North Africa, which has economic ties, will offer a great advantage to co-operations between nations. Also, by monitoring close and far areas can help understand how changes from a particular area can affect other areas. 

Alex said that SEOSAT is also capable of observing sideways and take pictures from all corners of the world every three days. He added that the SEOSAT will stay in a fixed path, but will move from one side to another. ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programs, Aschbacher Josef, said that SEOSAT-Ingenio is a societal and commercial enterprise. He added that it’s Spain’s pride, especially during the pandemic, saying it fills an essential market part. 

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