First satellite launch in England failed
Newquay With the planned satellite launch in Great Britain according to the US company involved, Virgin Orbit, unexpected problems arose on Tuesday night. “It appears that an anomaly prevented us from reaching orbit,” the company tweeted. You evaluate the information. There were no further details at first.
A jumbo jet had previously flown from British soil as a flying launch pad for space satellites for the first time. The converted machine, called “Cosmic Girl”, took off from Newquay Airport in south-west England late Monday evening as planned.
The converted aircraft of the type should be about 10.7 kilometers above the Atlantic Ocean Boeing 747 would then send a launch vehicle into space, which in turn would launch nine small satellites into orbit. Apparently there were problems. What exactly happened was initially unclear. The plane, meanwhile, returned to Earth safely and as planned, it said.
The US space company Virgin Orbit, owned by British billionaire Richard Branson, has been carrying out similar launches since 2021 USA by. In honor of the British rock band Rolling Stones, the mission was called “Start Me Up” after the hit of the same name by the group around frontman Mick Jagger.
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Newquay is one of a total of seven planned spaceports in the United Kingdom. The first vertical launch of a rocket is planned in Scotland later this year. The government hopes the space industry will contribute around £3.8 billion (€4.3 billion) to the UK economy over the coming decade.
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