VALLETTA, Malta — The head of Italian rocket manufacturer Avio assured customers Nov. 19 that the company was working hard to return Vega to service following the rocket’s second failure in its last three launches.
In a video statement, Avio CEO Giulio Ranzo said that in initial investigation into Vega’s Nov. 16 failure had identified an issue with the integration of the electromechanical actuation system of the fourth stage nozzle. Arianespace, which markets and operates the Vega rocket, said earlier this week that telemetry and production documentation point to the incorrect installation of cables in the rocket’s thrust vector control system.
Ranzo assured customers and investors that Vega would be returned to service rapidly.
“What I can say about this event is that it is a very unfortunate one, for which I take the opportunity to express my deepest apologies to the customers,” said Ranzo. “But one that we believe to be in a position to constrain, identify and fix quite rapidly. We will work in the next few weeks very intensively in order to restore the credibility of the launcher as soon as we can.”
Vega flew 14 consecutive successful missions prior to its first failure ...