And the failure to catalog the AVUM stage presumably means it was successfully deorbited, which was the last part of mission success I was waiting to hear about(they made a big deal about how space debris reduction was important to them,so shouldn't they cover the deorbit burn on an even level with the deployments? Nerdy grumble...)Congratulations ESA and Arianespace!
And the failure to catalog the AVUM stage presumably means it was successfully deorbited, which was the last part of mission success I was waiting to hear about<snip>
Since Vega’s flawless second launch on 7 May from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, checks of the flight’s telemetry show the vehicle performed impeccably.
The upper stage’s fifth and last burn placed it on a path that ensured safe reentry within an hour, in compliance with new debris mitigation regulations. Initial analysis shows that Vega’s mission was a complete success. A detailed analysis before the summer will verify the behaviour of all the vehicle’s subsystems. Vega’s unrivalled success in its first two flights is an encouraging start in this light-lift launcher’s transition towards commercial operations.
ELUS! ALIVE! We got the first signal from ESTCube! Saime esimese signaali tagasi. The satellite is at good health, batteries fully loaded.
Jonathan McDowell@planet45897 new debris objects cataloged from the Vega VV02 launch in a 23:50 LTDN sun-sync orbit, consistent with a breakup of the VESPA adapter upper section, object 39162. Possibly the result of an impact by a small object?