The first attempt to launch a satellite from Western Europe ended in disappointment when Virgin Orbit announced on January 10 an “anomaly” preventing the rocket carrying the satellite from reaching orbit.
The UK launches Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket for the first time in Newquay.
The UK has launched Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket for the first time in Newquay. (Photo: Reuters).
Amid cheers and cheers from the crowd at Spaceport Cornwall, UK, Boeing 747 plane named Cosmic Girl took off and headed for the Atlantic Ocean on January 9. The plane successfully launched one rocket – called LauncherOne – carries 9 satellites.
Virgin Orbit ban initially announced that the missile had reached Earth’s orbit, the Guardian reported. “LauncherOne has successfully reached Earth orbit! Our mission is not yet complete, but congratulations to the British people! This is the first orbital mission on British soil, a major achievement.” the company wrote on Twitter.
However, about 28 minutes later, the company released a new announcement: “There appears to be an anomaly preventing us from reaching orbit. We continue to evaluate the information.
The Cosmic Girl plane returned safely to Cornwall. The Start Me Up mission was the first satellite launch from European soil and was heralded as the start of a new space age for the UK.
According to Reuters, this launch failure clearly dealt a new blow to Europe’s space ambitions, after the failure of the mission to launch the Vega-C rocket carrying two satellites built by Airbus from the territory of French Guiana a few just minutes after leaving the launch pad in December 2022.
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The first attempt to launch a satellite from Western Europe ended in disappointment when Virgin Orbit, on January 10, the rocket carrying the launched satellite was unable to reach orbit…