Getting to orbit remains hard, even for the small rocket Vega: launch VV15 earlier today failed, the second stage with the Z23 engine malfunctioned (see how trajectory degrades starting 2:20):

80 km altitude, so officially the rocket did not reach space.
Seems like the Z23 prematurely shat down, the rocket then following suborbital trajectory back down.

Payload was Falcon Eye 1 military surveillance satellite, built by Airbus for the United Arab Emirates.

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