Inquiry Commission to probe Galileo launch setback

Inquiry Commission to probe Galileo launch setback


France: Arianespace in conjunction with European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission has announced the appointment of an independent inquiry commission to probe into Galileo launch injection anomaly.

Peter Dubock, former ESA Inspector General is nominated to chair the new 8 member commission that will establish the circumstances of the anomaly, identify the root causes and associated aggravating factors, and provide recommendations to correct the identified defect and to allow for a safe return to flight for all Soyuz launches from the Guiana Space Center (CSG).

Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël said, "I would like to thank Peter Dubock for having accepted the chairmanship of this commission, which was appointed in conjunction with ESA and the European Commission and with the support of the space agencies from France (CNES), Germany (DLR) and Italy (ASI), along with a team of high-level European experts. The commission will now be able to carry out its work independently, operating under a very tight schedule. We sincerely hope that the commission's recommendations will lead to a rapid resumption of missions, while ensuring the high reliability expected of our Soyuz launches from CSG."

Source: Arianespace