UK space launch crew ‘gutted’ as rocket launch suffers ‘anomaly’

An attempt to make British space history by launching a rocket into orbit from UK soil has ended in failure after suffering an “anomaly” during the flight.After taking off from Cornwall, the Virgin Orbit plane flew to 35,000ft over the Atlantic Ocean where it jettisoned the rocket containing nine small satellites towards space.Organisers of the Start Me Up mission said the rocket - with a variety of civil and defence applications - failed to orbit.In a series of tweets, Virgin Orbit said: “We appear to have an anomaly that has prevented us from reaching orbit. We are evaluating the information.