A Virgin Orbit rocket suffers an anomaly on its first launch from the UK

A Virgin Orbit rocket suffers an anomaly on its first launch from the UK

A Virgin Orbit rocket suffers an anomaly on its first launch from the UK

NEWQUAY, UK — The first ever orbital mission launched from the UK did not go as planned.

This flight, Virgin Orbit’s “Start Me Up” mission, got off to a good enough start. The company’s carrier plane, known as Cosmic Girl, took off from Spaceport Cornwall here on schedule on Monday (January 9) at 5:02 p.m. EST (2202 GMT).

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