A rocket launched by the Sweden House Company (SSC) deviated from its course and landed within the mountains of neighboring Norway, the Swedish authorities confirmed on Tuesday. The rocket’s payload was recovered and transported again to the Swedish launch web site. No accidents have been reported, and an investigation is ongoing.
The TEXUS-58 rocket blasted off from the Esrange House Heart in northern Sweden on Monday morning. It “took a barely longer and extra westerly trajectory than anticipated and landed after accomplished flight 15 kilometers into Norway,” about 40 kilometers northwest of the deliberate touchdown web site, the SSC mentioned in a assertion.
“It landed within the mountains at 1,000 meters altitude, and ten kilometers from the closest settlement,” SSC spokesman Philip Ohlsson advised Reuters.
The SSC mentioned that it contacted the Swedish and Norwegian authorities “shortly after touchdown.” The analysis payload has since been recovered, and flown again to Esrange by helicopter. The “technical particulars across the non-nominal flight path” at the moment are being investigated.
“This can be a deviation that we take critically. We at the moment are investigating the explanation why the rocket flew additional northwest than nominal,” mentioned Marko Kohberg, head of rocket and balloon operations at Esrange, including that it’s too early to invest.
The rocket was a part of a program commissioned by the European House Company (ESA), and flew to the altitude of 250 kilometers with three microgravity experiments on board. Two of the experiments, VIPer and Perwaves, are associated to “inexperienced transition” analysis, whereas the third, dubbed ICAPS, investigated the method of planetary formation.
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