The UK’S first space mission failed on Monday night, January 9, falling short of reaching its target orbit due to an “anomaly”, Virgin Orbit said.
Virgin Orbit’s modified plane, a Boeing 747, carrying the LauncherOne rocket, took off from Spaceport Cornwall, in Newquay, after 10 pm on Monday night, Virgin Orbit said.
During the second stage of the launch, an “anomaly” prevented the rocket from reaching final orbit, “ending the mission prematurely”.
Video from the Newquay Community Fire Station shows the plane, nicknamed Cosmic Girl, preparing to take off.
Dan Hart, Virgin Orbit CEO, said: "While we are very proud of the many things that we successfully achieved as part of this mission, we are mindful that we failed to provide our customers with the launch service they deserve.
“We will work tirelessly to understand the nature of the failure, make corrective actions, and return to orbit as soon as we have completed a full investigation and mission assurance process.” Credit: Newquay Community Fire Station via Storyful