|By Carlos PIRES, the|
The long-awaited historic mission I start of virgin orbit It did take place this Monday, January 9, but things did not go as planned.
The mission, whose name is a nod to The Rolling Stones’ 1981 hit, is a collaborative effort between the UK Space Agency (UKSA), Cornwall Council, the Royal Air Force and Virgin Orbit. I start flew satellites from seven clients into space, including commercial and government payloads from various countries and a collaborative US-UK mission, to perform tasks such as maritime investigation and detection of illegal fishing, as well as security national, said virgin orbit.
This launch carried out horizontally (or rather diagonally!) by means of a modified Boeing 747, with a rocket under its wing launched once it reaches 10,668 meters, is also the symbol of many firsts: since the first orbital launch from the UK, Virgin Orbit’s first international launch and the first commercial launch from Western Europe.
Unfortunately, although the liftoff had gone well, an incident occurred shortly after the rocket separated from the Boeing. Sparks could be seen when Earth’s orbit was thought to have been reached. Virgin Orbit declared the mission a failure and will now try to determine what happened.
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