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The European Space Agency (ESA) is getting closer to returning its Vega-C rocket to flight following a successful test by the prime contractor, Avio, at its Italian test facility. Zefiro-40 horizontal rocket test Zefiro-40 horizontal rocket test – Image (c) Avio The Vega-C was grounded following a mishap in December 2022. …

  1. Mage Silver badge
    Facepalm

    a pair of fuel tanks for the rocket had been misplaced,

    Wut!

    How do you misplace that?

    1. Vulch

      Re: a pair of fuel tanks for the rocket had been misplaced,

      They hadn't been entered in the asset tracking database and got sent to landfill by mistake when a building was renovated.

      1. W.S.Gosset Silver badge

        Re: a pair of fuel tanks for the rocket had been misplaced,

        <pah> This is why you should ALWAYS have a paper backup.

        Problem would never have occurred had they simply stuck a Post-It on them saying "Talk to X before moving these".

        'Course, nowadays, that'd probably mean Elon'd get a free set of fuel tanks after a surprise phonecall. Method might need tweaking, going forward.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: a pair of fuel tanks for the rocket had been misplaced,

        I wonder if they weren't entered because they were one-off items and there wasn't a proper LOV entry or something else didn't validate.

    2. spold Silver badge

      Re: a pair of fuel tanks for the rocket had been misplaced,

      ...with a large explosion

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