12/01/2023 02:51 PM | Click to read full article
An attempt to launch the first rocket into orbit in the UK ended in failure on Tuesday, with scientists reporting an “anomaly” as it neared its goal. “We appear to have an anomaly that has prevented us from reaching orbit. We are evaluating the information,” tweeted Virgin Orbit, organizer of the mission. After taking off from Cornwall, the Virgin Orbit plane flew to 35,000 ft over the Atlantic Ocean where it jettisoned the rocket containing nine small satellites towards space.