UK: Space industry mulls setback after satellite launch fails

Source: The Hill

“British officials and space scientists said Tuesday they were disappointed but not deterred after the first attempt to launch satellites into orbit from the U.K. ended in failure. U.S.-based Virgin Orbit attempted its first international launch late Monday, using a modified jumbo jet to carry one if its rockets from Cornwall in southwestern England over the Atlantic Ocean. The plane released the rocket, carrying nine small satellites for a mix of civilian and domestic uses. But about two hours after the plane took off, the company reported ‘an anomaly that has prevented us from reaching orbit.’ The plane, piloted by a Royal Air Force pilot, returned to Cornwall. The rocket and satellites were destroyed. … Virgin Orbit, which was founded by British transport and telecommunications tycoon Richard Branson, previously completed four similar launches from California.” (01/10/23)