Saturday, November 28, 2020
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Virgin Orbit debut rocket launch ends in failure

Posted on Tuesday, 26 May, 2020 | Comment icon 5 comments

The rocket was successfully released by the plane. Image Credit: Twitter / Virgin Orbit
Sir Richard Branson's new satellite launching company didn't have much luck with its debut flight yesterday.
Running parallel to Virgin Galactic's space tourism endeavours, Virgin Orbit aims to capitalize on the rapidly increasing demand for low-cost satellite launches into Earth's orbit.

To achieve this, the company has developed a special air-launched rocket that is carried up to 35,000ft by a modified Boeing 747 airliner before being released.

Yesterday's test flight saw the rocket, which is known as LauncherOne, successfully achieve stability before igniting its NewtonThree engine to begin propelling it up towards the edge of space.

Unfortunately however things didn't go quite to plan and the rocket failed to gain much altitude.
"LauncherOne maintained stability after release, and we ignited our first-stage engine, NewtonThree," the company wrote. "An anomaly then occurred early in first-stage flight."

"We'll learn more as our engineers analyse the mountain of data we collected today."

Debut test flights tend to have a poor success rate, meaning that the rocket's failure wasn't particularly unexpected. Still, the firm will be keen to figure out what went wrong and set things up for another test.

"Test flights are instrumented to yield data and we now have a treasure trove of that," said CEO Dan Hart. "We accomplished many of the goals we set for ourselves, though not as many as we would have liked. Nevertheless, we took a big step forward today."

"Our engineers are already poring through the data. Our next rocket is waiting. We will learn, adjust, and begin preparing for our next test, which is coming up soon."

Source: BBC News | Comments (5)

Tags: Virgin

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by freetoroam on 26 May, 2020, 22:48
Oh well, roll on LauncherTwo. How is Branson  doing now, did he get his taxpayers loan then?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jon the frog on 26 May, 2020, 23:11
doh ! At least it ignited and not just blown up.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Manwon Lender on 27 May, 2020, 4:06
Well like they said, the date form failure will be invaluable and most likely their next mission will succeed, thanks for sharing Bot. Peace
Comment icon #4 Posted by the13bats on 27 May, 2020, 5:41
I havent a clue why this reminded me of Evel Knievel tying to jump the snake river in a rocket in 74.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 27 May, 2020, 10:53
50% of all maiden launches fail. The first Ariane failed, as did the first Ariane 5. Arianespace is now one of the most successful commercial launch companies in the world and the Ariane 5 one of the most reliable launch vehicles. The first 4 SpaceX launches ended in failure, the company was close to going bankrupt, look where they are now. The loss of this the first LauncherOne will be a set back, but not an unexpected one. It was flying with an inert mass instead of a payload just in case of such an eventuality

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
'Creature' blamed for mystery bridge deaths
A prophet is investigating a series of deaths attributed to a mysterious creature at a bridge in Zimbabwe.
Dead mink are rising from the grave in Denmark
Mink that have been culled and buried due to the coronavirus have started emerging from beneath the soil.
New docuseries to explore Heaven's Gate cult
A new HBO six-part series will look at the history of one of the most notorious cults in modern American history.
Strange glowing object filmed near Stonehenge
A couple driving near the Wiltshire monument last month spotted something unusual hovering over the area.
Stories & Experiences
The voice of something not human
11-17-2020 | Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles
Shadow figure demon ?
11-14-2020 | USA
Ghost following me
9-18-2020 | Iowa
Mysterious glowing cube
8-23-2020 | Alabama
Black blob in my room/bed
7-23-2020 | Powell,TN U.S.
Transparent levitating ball
7-14-2020 | Santa Rosa, California
Grim reaper-like visitation
6-16-2020 | Canada
My monster catfish story
6-15-2020 | Dallas texas

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
NASA studies underwater 'white smoker' vents
Posted 4-17-2020 | 3 comments
Hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor can teach us about possible habitats on other worlds.
10 strange things about our solar system
Posted 3-17-2020 | 0 comments
A look at some of the most mysterious things about our solar system.
Lizzie - Scotland's other loch monster
Posted 3-8-2020 | 0 comments
Amelia Dimoldenberg investigates the Loch Ness Monster's neighbor.
 View: More videos
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 (c) 2001-2020
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ