The Virgin Orbit rocket suffers from irregularities during its first launch from the UK

NEWQUAY, United Kingdom – The first ever orbital mission to lift off from Britain did not go as planned.

That flight, the “Start Me Up” mission by Virgin Orbit, started well enough. The company’s transport aircraft, known as Cosmic Girl, took off from Spaceport Cornwall here as scheduled on Monday (January 9) at 17:02 EST (2202 GMT).

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