A microgravity analysis rocket launched by Sweden on Monday morning by chance landed inside Norway, the Swedish Area Company mentioned in a statement Tuesday.
The rocket reached an altitude of about 155 miles, however then it “took a barely longer and extra westerly trajectory than calculated” and landed in a mountain vary about 9 miles into Norwegian territory, the SSC mentioned.
“It landed within the mountains at 1,000 meters altitude, and 10 kilometers from the closest settlement,” Philip Ohlsson, head of communications at SSC, instructed Reuters.
Shortly after touchdown, Swedish and Norweigan authorities had been notified, the SSC confirmed in a while Tuesday. The rocket and its payload had been discovered to be in good situation and had been transported again to Esrange Area Heart in Sweden by helicopter.
“It is a deviation that we take critically. We at the moment are investigating the rationale why the rocket flew additional northwest than nominal. It’s nonetheless too early to take a position concerning the trigger, and we await extra data from the present investigation,” Marko Kohberg, rocket and balloons operations supervisor at Esrange, mentioned to the SSC.
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