Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit rocket launcher collapses on its maiden voyage – The Sun

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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.

  Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit rocket failed on its maiden voyage5
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit rocket failed on its maiden voyageCredit: Reuters
  LauncherOne released from the belly of a 35,000-foot Boeing 7475
LauncherOne released from the belly of a 35,000-foot Boeing 747Credit: EPA

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.

Rival entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Space X firm will become the first private company to send astronauts into space in what experts have called a “major milestone” for the space industry.

Its Demo-2 mission in the International Space Station puts an end to NASA’s dependence on Russia since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.

The Falcon 9 will be launched at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with two crews.

  The 70-foot rocket engines started but Monday's mission over the Pacific was interrupted moments later5
The 70-foot rocket engines started but Monday’s mission over the Pacific was interrupted moments laterCredit: PA: Press Association
  The 747 took off from the air and space port of Mojave in California5
The 747 took off from the air and space port of Mojave in CaliforniaCredit: EPA
  Virgin Orbit 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 5
Virgin Orbit 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 ” Credit: AP: Associated Press

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit releases a rocket under the wing of a modified Boeing 747 airliner during a high altitude test of the satellite launch system





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