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Class: Earth. Type: Magnetosphere. Nation: Europe.

The Cluster satellites were a series of sophisticated earth-observation platforms that were to be launched aboard the first Ariane 5. The explosion of the booster led to a costly setback for European space science. There were no back-up spacecraft. Some instruments may fly on other future satellites.


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Cluster Chronology


04 June 1996 Cluster F4 Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5. FAILURE: Vehicle went off course and was destroyed by range safety. Reuse of flight software from Ariane 4 was the cause (faulty program logic that only took effect on Ariane 5 launch trajectory).

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