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Technology Virgin Orbit successfully dropped a rocket from a jumbo jet and ignited it, but its launch failed due to an 'anomaly'

10:53  26 may  2020
10:53  26 may  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Virgin Orbit 's first rocket launch failed due to an unexplained problem after it had a "clean After postponing its long-awaited rocket launch by a day, Virgin Orbit 's LauncherOne rocket had a The company also said that an unspecified " anomaly " occurred shortly after the rocket 's engines ignited .

LOS ANGELES — Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit failed Monday on its first attempt to launch a test satellite into space aboard a rocket carried aloft by a Boeing 747 and released over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California.The inaugural launch had appeared to be going well until moments.

a large passenger jet flying through a blue sky: An illustration of Virgin Orbit's © Virgin Orbit An illustration of Virgin Orbit's "Cosmic Girl" airplane with an orbit-capable rocker, LauncherOne, strapped to its wing. Virgin Orbit
  • Virgin Orbit's first rocket launch failed due to an unexplained problem after it had a "clean release" from the Cosmic Girl jumbo jet.
  • The airplane and flight crew safely returned to the base in Mojave, California, after the launch attempt on Monday.
  • SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared support with the company on Twitter, writing that the Falcon 1 took four attempts before orbiting around the Earth.
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After postponing its long-awaited rocket launch by a day, Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket had a successful release from a jumbo jet.

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Drop it . The engine ignites , and the rocket and its payload zoom to space. The jet ’s 6.5-mile head start off the ground is not that much of a help, because it not does not have much upward velocity. The rocket still needs to accelerate to a speed of 18,000 miles per hour to achieve a stable orbit around

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit has failed in its first test launch of a new rocket carried by a Boeing 747 and released over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern California. The inaugural launch had appeared to be going well until moments after the rocket was dropped from beneath the left wing of

However, an unidentified problem forced Richard Branson's orbital launch company to terminate the mission shortly after the jet, called the Cosmic Girl, dropped the rocket into the air.

Virgin said in a series of tweets that Cosmic Girl and its flight crew had safely returned to their base in Mojave, California. The company also said that an unspecified "anomaly" occurred shortly after the rocket's engines ignited.

"After being released from the carrier aircraft, the LauncherOne rocket successfully lighted its booster engine on cue — the first time the company had attempted an in-air ignition. An anomaly then occurred early in first stage flight, and the mission safely terminated," the company said in a press release shared with Business Insider. "The carrier aircraft Cosmic Girl and all of its crew landed safely at Mojave Air and Space Port, concluding the mission."

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A California company owned by UK businessman Sir Richard Branson fails to launch a rocket to orbit . The booster was released from under the wing of one of the UK entrepreneur's old jumbos which But it didn't get very far. "LauncherOne maintained stability after release, and we ignited our

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit has failed in its first attempt to launch a test satellite into space aboard a rocket carried aloft by a Boeing 747 and The rocket was supposed to fall for a few seconds before the first of its two stages ignited and hurtled it down the coast toward the South Pole for insertion of

According to Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who closely follows spaceflight activity, the drop of the rocket occurred at a spot above the North Pacific Ocean. "First launches are tough," McDowell said in a tweet.

A Next Generation Weather Radar (NEXRAD) system located in Los Angeles reportedly captured what appeared to be the breakup of the rocket, according to footage shared on Twitter.

'Orbit is hard'

a plane sitting on top of a runway: The LauncherOne rocket attached to the Cosmic Girl jumbo jet. Virgin Orbit © Virgin Orbit The LauncherOne rocket attached to the Cosmic Girl jumbo jet. Virgin Orbit

Elon Musk sent his condolences to Virgin for the failed launch attempt.

"Sorry to hear that. Orbit is hard. Took us four attempts with Falcon 1," the SpaceX CEO said in a tweet, referring to the aerospace company's first launch system that rocketed a payload into orbit around Earth.

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A test release of Virgin Orbit 's LauncherOne rocket in July 2019 Handout Virgin Orbit /AFP. When it reaches the required altitude, the plane releases the rocket , whose own engine fires up to push it into Earth's orbit and place its payload in The concept of launching a rocket from a plane is not new.

Billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit said a crucial test of its two-stage, orbital rocket system About an hour later, the plane released the rocket in what Virgin Orbit called a “clean” release. SpaceX has a significant head start. Over the past decade it ’s launched about 100 rockets , landed

"We appreciate that, Elon. We're excited about the data we were able to get today," the company responded on Twitter.

The launch was originally scheduled for Sunday, but Virgin Orbit postponed it to Monday morning out of an "abundance of caution" because a sensor had been "acting up," the company said on social media. Ahead of Monday's launch, Virgin Orbit said on Twitter that it felt "more ready than ever" to launch the rocket.

Despite the disappointing failure, Virgin Orbit noted its test flight wasn't entirely awash.

"The company successfully completed all of its pre-launch procedures, the captive carry flight out to the drop site, clean telemetry lock from multiple dishes, a smooth pass through the racetrack, terminal count, and a clean release," the press release said. In a tweet, Virgin added that the "goals today were to work through the process of conducting a launch, learn as much as we could, and achieve ignition. We hoped we could have done more, but we accomplished those key objectives today."

The company also indicated that it's ready to try again, sharing a photo of its next fully built rocket in a hangar.

Failure of the first launch of a rocket by Virgin Orbit in the United States

 Failure of the first launch of a rocket by Virgin Orbit in the United States © Handout LauncherOne test of Virgin Orbit carried out in July 2019 A rocket dropped at 10,000 meters above sea level by a wide-body aircraft, and which then spins in orbit: the young Virgin Orbit company failed on Monday in its first attempt to prove its technology, off the coast of California. "The mission ended soon after the flight started," Virgin Orbit tweeted.

Virgin Orbit , British billionaire Richard Branson's satellite launch company, confirmed on Monday that its first test launch of a new rocket had failed over The company said that the LauncherOne rocket faced an " anomaly " in the first stage of the flight, right after it was dropped from the refitted carrier

Virgin Orbit has attempted the first test flight of its orbital payload launch system, consisting of a modified Boeing 747 and an air- launched rocket . The carrier aircraft and its rocket – dubbed ‘Cosmic Girl’ and ‘Launcher One’, respectively – took off from an airfield outside Los Angeles on

In the press release, Virgin said its next rocket was in "final stages of integration" at a manufacturing facility in Long Beach, Calif.

"Our next rocket is waiting. We will learn, adjust, and begin preparing for our next test, which is coming up soon," CEO Dan Hart said in the press release.

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