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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):

youtube.com/watch?v=jJd7-0GDaB

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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