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Fails - UK's first rocket launch

Fails – Historic rocket launch from UK

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Fails – Historic rocket launch from UK – blast-off Spaceport Cornwall 

The first attempt to launch satellites into orbit from British soil failed due to a “premature shutdown” of the rocket’s second engine at only a third of the required altitude, Virgin Orbit has said.

They confirmed that they could be back in the UK for another attempt before the end of the year.

A jumbo jet operated by the American Virgin Orbit company carried a rocket out of Newquay, Cornwall, to release it high over the Atlantic Ocean.

But the rocket ignited and appeared to be ascending correctly. But word then came from the company that the rocket had suffered an “anomaly”.

The satellites it was carrying could not be released and were lost.

Cosmic Girl, the carrier 747 jet, returned safely to base.

Public were able to watch the Countdown to Launch from Cornwall to witness the historic moment Monday January 9.

Blast-off was just after 10pm.

In their fifth commercial launch, Virgin Orbit was pleased to provide livestream coverage of pre-flight operations and launch commentary throughout the day.

The mission will see a repurposed 747 jumbo jet release a rocket over the Atlantic to take nine satellites high above the Earth.

Learn more about the Start Me Up mission by visiting: https://virginorbit.com


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