The Vega rocket, which had lifted off from French Guiana, suffered an ‘anomaly’ about two minutes after launch [File: Christian Hartmann/Reuters]

The launch of a rocket carrying an imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as failed about two minutes after liftoff from a base in French Guiana.

European rocket-launch service provider Arianespace, which markets the satellite, said in a brief statement on Thursday that the Wednesday night launch ended after a “launcher anomaly occurred” bringing the mission to an early end.

It was the first failure after 14 successful launches of Vega since operations began at the Guiana Space Centre in 2012.

“About two minutes after takeoff a major anomaly occurred, leading to the loss of the mission,” Luce Fabreguettes, director of operations

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