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Britain failed to launch a satellite

Britain failed to launch a satellite

What was supposed to be a historic and “groundbreaking” moment ended in real disappointment.

Just before midnight, UK time, a converted Boeing 747 took off from Cornwall, UK, loaded with a rocket and nine satellites to send into space.

Virgin Orbit, which led the launch, was able to launch the rocket from the plane. But a little later they reported that an “anomaly” had occurred. The rocket fails to reach the altitude required to reach space and the launch fails. Neither the missile nor the satellite can be saved.

Big disappointment after failure: “Space is hard”

– We don’t know the reason for this anomaly but we managed to pull off the launch, Matt Archer, director of commercial spaceflight at the UK Space Agency, tells L’Equipe. Watchman.

He stated that he was “incredibly frustrated” that the mission had failed, but that he was also pleased that the first European satellite launch took place in the United Kingdom.

Space is hard. We knew there were risks that could fail. Postponements don’t always work. But we created the conditions for launch here. We have shown that we can do it and we will try to do it again.

The British Space Agency stated that they did not know where the rocket had gone, but it was likely to break up or burn up over the Atlantic Ocean, so there is no danger of people being harmed.

– Matt Archer tells The Guardian that its course mainly takes it over large bodies of water, so it’s quite safe.

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The plane managed to land in Cornwall without any complications.

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