SIR Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit rocket failed on its maiden voyage.
LauncherOne was released from the belly of a 35,000-foot Boeing 747.
The 70-foot rocket engines started, but Monday’s mission over the Pacific was interrupted moments later.
The firm released some details but said, “An anomaly occurred at the start of the first leg flight. We will learn more as our engineers analyze the mountain of data we have collected. “
The 747 took off from the air and space port of Mojave in California.
Virgin Orbit, which is preparing six more rockets for test flights, split from Branson’s space tourism project Virgin Galactic three years ago to harness demand for small satellite launches.
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