Virgin Orbit was preparing to reach a new milestone with the launch of Start Me Up, which will be The first mission to go into space from the United Kingdom. However, an anomaly on LauncherOne ended up compromising the mission, without the rocket ever being able to reach the planned orbit.
the Cosmic Girl took off from Spaceport Cornwallin Cornwall Shortly after ten in the evening (Lisbon time). Just over an hour after takeoff, J.JIt was LauncherOne’s turn to go into space.
More than 40 minutes had passed since the rocket’s separation when Virgin Orbit noticed the anomaly.which, depending with a companyAnd Already under investigation. However, Cosmic Girl manages to return “safe and sound” to Spaceport Cornwall, as Company progress Space by Richard Branson.
Click on the images to see images of the Start Me Up mission
Remember, Virgin Orbit’s launch system is different from other space companies like SpaceX. In this case, the Cosmic Girl launches LauncherOne to the correct altitude, and then the rocket follows the planned trajectory, launching the payloads it’s carrying into space.
This was expected to be the first space mission to be successfully launched from the UK, as well as Virgin Orbit’s fifth commercial flight, which carried seven customer satellites on board, including commercial and government cargo from different countries.
Featured was the first satellite built in Wales, as well as the first satellite developed in Oman and a joint UK-US mission.
The launch came after several delays, with Virgin Orbit receiving a license from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to launch space missions from British soil in December. Even earlier, Spaceport Cornwall, the UK’s first horizontal spaceport, had received permission from the British regulator to carry out missions of this “caliber”.
Remember that one trip Latest Virgin Orbit flights It was carried out from the Space and Air Port of Mojave in California, and also carried satellites into space.
Click on the photos to remember the trip
Editor’s note: The story has been updated with more information. (Last update: 01:02 AM)
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