The first-ever launch of space satellites from the territory of Britain ended in failure
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Virgin Orbit reported an “anomaly” during the launch of the LauncherOne launch vehicle, which was supposed to put nine satellites into orbit. This was the first ever launch of a spacecraft from the UK. Due to failures, the rocket could not enter orbit.
Virgin Orbit said they were evaluating information about the “anomaly”. The exact reason for the failure of the mission is not called.
The spacecraft were to be launched into orbit using a modified Boing-747 aircraft. At approximately 22:00 GMT (about 00:00 Kyiv time) it took off from Newquay Airport in Cornwall.
After one and a half Boing-747 at an altitude of 10.5 km successfully launched the LauncherOne air launch vehicle, returned back and landed in Cornwall.
Rocket fired its first stage engine and began its ascent to low Earth orbit, but was never able to complete it.
LauncherOne was supposed to put nine satellites into orbit to benefit private companies and government agencies, including the UK Department of Defense and the National US Office of Space Intelligence.
This launch was the first from the UK. British-made satellites used to be sent into orbit through foreign spaceports.
BAGNET notes Virgin Orbit belongs to the British Richard Branson. The first successful test of LauncherOne took place in January 2021.
Prepared by: Sergey Daga