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The first satellite launched from British soil failed to launch

The first satellite launched from British soil failed to launch

For the first time, an attempt was made to put satellites into orbit from the territory of the United Kingdom, but the attempt was unsuccessful. British billionaire Sir Richard Branson launched the nine moons early Tuesday.

The launch was attempted from Newquay in Cornwall. The satellites were supposed to be flown into space by a 21-year-old Boeing 747-400 called Cosmic Girl, with a 25-ton rocket housed at the base of its wing. (These launches have been carried out by Virgin Orbit in America so far.)

Two thousand people gathered near the airport for takeoff, and then a record number of nearly a quarter of a million people followed Boeing’s flight around the world during some stages of the flight. Flightradar 24 Online flight tracking app.

The aircraft flew in a westerly direction until, at an altitude of 35,000 feet – 10,900 metres, it reached the designated launch area near the southwest coast of the Republic of Ireland, which was under joint observation by the British, Irish and French. The Spanish aviation authorities before take-off towed it and closed it to civil aviation traffic.

LauncherOne, the rocket launched by Boeing into outer space from here. Based on the advanced trajectory plan, the rocket would have launched the nine satellites to an altitude of 555 kilometers, However, Virgin Orbit announced on social media early Tuesday, that some chaos prevented it. The company did not release any other details, adding to the announcement that it would open an investigation.

They will try again

the According to the Guardian British Space Agency leaders are optimistic despite the failure. Executive Vice President Ian Annette said they believed they would try again to launch satellites into orbit from the UK within a year. Commercial Aviation Director Matt Archer is similarly optimistic.

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The plane carrying the missile to the launch area landed safely at the same Cornwall airport it took off from. Melissa Thorpe, Chair of Cornwall Spaceport, highlighted that they are only at the beginning of the journey, but have already inspired millions by sending satellites into space for the first time in UK history.

The first Virgin Orbit launch in May 2020 also failed, but the next four were successful.

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