Virgin Orbit claims that the Rocket suffered an ‘Anomaly’ and failed to reach Orbit
- Virgin Orbit claimed that it experienced an “anomaly” with its rocket during a UK-based space mission.
- Cosmic Girl successfully took off and released LauncherOne. But the rocket didn’t reach orbit.
- It is not clear what caused Virgin Orbit’s rocket failure.
Virgin Orbit, Richard Branson’s rocket, said Monday that it experienced an “anomaly” while flying to orbit. This prevented the UK from achieving its historic goals. space missionTo send a payload consisting of nine satellites to orbit.
The “Start Me Up” satellite flight was scheduled for Monday at Spaceport Cornwall, Cornwall Airport Newquay in south England.
Cosmic Girl was a repurposed Boeing 747-4400 that took off on Monday at 5 PM ET. It carried the LauncherOne rocket underneath its wings. The rocket was successfully released by the aircraft around an hour after takeoff.
Virgin Orbit was launched about half an hour later. tweeted: “We seem to have an anomaly which has prevented us reaching orbit. We are currently evaluating the information.
Richard Branson’s company had previously posted on Twitter that its LauncherOne rocket had reached orbit successfully, but it was later removed. tweetedIt didn’t happen and it would take down the post.
It is still not clear what caused this mission to fail. Just after 6 p.m ET, Cosmic Girl returned home to the spaceport.
Matt Archer, commercial-space director at the UK Space Agency, said Monday that he was disappointed but proud of the achievements.
Spaceport Cornwall’s head Melissa Thorpe said she was “devastated” by the setback, as the entire team had “heart and souls” in the mission. However, she said that she was glad that all crew members were safe.
He stated that the investigation into the mission failure would take place over the next few day.
It was to be the UK’s first satellite launch, first orbital space mission from British ground, and Virgin Orbit’s first international mission.
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