The failed satellite launch is “a small dent” for the British space ambitions

The failed satellite launch is “a small dent” for the British space ambitions

The failed satellite launch is “a small dent” for the British space ambitions

The UK space sector is looking for positive results after the first orbital start from Western Europe e.gfailed.

The mission seemed to have started smoothly. Around 22:00 GMT on Monday the Boeing 747 carry Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket successful started in South West England.

The jet then climbed about 35,000 feet before launching the rocket over the Atlantic. But then disaster struck.

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“We seem to have an anomaly that prevented us from reaching orbit. We are evaluating the information,” Virgin Orbit said on Twitter.

The US company soon announced more details. The problem had occurred during the firing of LauncherOne’s second stage engine while the rocket was traveling at more than 18,000 km/h.

All nine satellites on board were lost. Among them was Amber-1, which was developed for sea detection by British Satellite Applications Catapult and Horizon Technologies.

“We will come back stronger.

Paul Febrve, CTO at Satellite Applications Catapult, said the failure was a major setback for everyone involved but a “minor bump” to Britain’s space strategy.

“It’s a blow, but not a crippling blow,” Febrve told TNW. “We will learn from this, come back stronger and improve our skills in the UK.”

This ability has a solid foundation. As a north latitude island, Great Britain has a promising geography for launching satellites in pOlar and sun-synchronous orbits passing over the North and South Poles.

There are several compelling reasons to take advantage of these strengths. One of them is the growing demand for digital connectivity around the world that cannot be met by using terrestrial infrastructure alone.

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