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UK’s Historic Satellite Launch Fails Orbit After Rocket ‘Anomaly’

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Virgin Orbit on Tuesday reported an “anomaly” on its rocket that stopped it from reaching orbit, ending Britain’s bid to become the first European country to launch a satellite into space. “We appear to have an anomaly that has prevented us from reaching orbit. We are evaluating the information,” Virgin Orbit said.
Virgin’s LauncherOne rocket was brought beneath the wing of a customized Boeing 747 and anointed the “Cosmic Girl” for the “horizontal launch” mission, which took off from the seaside town of Newquay in southwest England. The rocket was later released into the Atlantic Ocean, Reuters reported.
“Over the coming days, there will be an investigation by the government and various bodies, including Virgin Orbit,” Matt Archer, Commercial Space Director at the UK Space Agency, wrote.

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