‘Anomaly’ thwarts UK attempt to put satellites into space | Space News

Rocket carried beneath the wing of a modified Boeing 747 separated from the plane however failed to succeed in orbit.

The primary try and launch a satellite tv for pc from Western Europe seems to have failed after an “anomaly” was reported to have prevented the rocket from reaching orbit.

Virgin Orbit — owned by a consortium together with the UK Area Company and British airline tycoon Richard Branson — was trying to ship 9 small satellites into area from a 70-foot (21-metre) rocket connected beneath the wing of a modified Boeing 747 plane.

The repurposed jumbo jet took off from the coastal city of Newquay in southwest England at 22:02 GMT on Monday, with the rocket detaching from the plane and igniting over the Atlantic Ocean at an altitude of 10,670 metres (35,000 toes) about an hour and 20 minutes later.

However Virgin Orbit later mentioned there had been an “anomaly that has prevented us from reaching orbit”; it mentioned it might present extra info when it might.

The UK area business employs 47,000 folks, however whereas the nation is second solely to america within the variety of satellites it produces, they’ve lengthy needed to be despatched into orbit by way of international spaceports operated by nations such because the US and Kazakhstan.

Greater than 2,000 area followers had gathered to cheer when the plane took off from the runway in Newquay.

Virgin Orbit mentioned the jumbo jet returned safely to Newquay following the mission.