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Virgin Orbit: Premature shutdown behind rocket launch fail

Jan. 12, 2023 09:37 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Virgin Orbit said Thursday its first attempt to launch satellites into orbit from the U.K. failed after its rocket's upper stage prematurely shut down. The U.S.-based company used a modified Boeing 747 plane to carry one of its rockets from Cornwall in southwestern...

UK space industry mulls setback after satellite launch fails

Jan. 10, 2023 06:22 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British officials and space scientists said Tuesday they were disappointed but not deterred after the first attempt to launch satellites into orbit from the U.K. ended in failure. U.S.-based Virgin Orbit attempted its first international launch late Monday, using a...

Virgin Orbit reports 'anomaly' in satellite launch from UK

Jan. 10, 2023 00:14 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A mission to launch the first satellites into orbit from Western Europe suffered an “anomaly” Tuesday, Virgin Orbit said. The U.S.-based company attempted its first international launch on Monday, using a modified jumbo jet to carry one of its rockets from...