The 21,34-Meter-long rocket called "LauncherOne" should be shot down in about 10,000 meters altitude, from a modified Boeing 747 called the "Cosmic Girl" horizontally in the direction of the space. The converted Jumbo-Jet to be launched on schedule with the belly - mounted carrier rocket from the air and space port in Mojave, California, shortly after the release of the rocket, the experiment was terminated and the Virgin of Orbit and sunk in the Pacific. From the company it was said that the landing had been carried out without complications.
"An anomaly occurred in a first, early Phase. We will learn more, if our engineers have analyzed the reams of data that we have gathered today," the company said. In the case of the Test no one had been injured.reported Six years of development time
As the technology blog "The Verge", this was after six years of development, the first attempt to send a rocket into orbit.
Virgin Orbit is connected with Branson's space tourism company Virgin Galactic. This company has the goal, to flights into space for its clients. Virgin Galactic is in a tough competition with rivals such as Blue Origin, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, or SpaceX, Tesla boss Elon Musk, who also want to carry tourists into space.
SpaceX has received from the U.S. space Agency NASA the green light for the first manned flight to the International space station ISS. After several Tests, there is now, if the weather cooperates, "the 'Go' for the Start of a Mission, which will give the US manned space flight back," wrote NASA on Twitter.
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