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UK space chiefs plan to try again after rocket launch ends in failure

Virgin Orbit will work ‘tirelessly’ to investigate what went wrong and attempt second mission within a year

  • Disappointing end to UK space mission as satellites fail to reach orbit

UK space chiefs said they would try again to send satellites into space from British soil within a year despite the devastating failure of a historic first mission from Cornwall.

But they accepted the fate of the rocket loaded with nine satellites, which was lost after “a technical failure” while travelling at more than 11,000mph (17,700km/h) as it approached its final orbit, could undermine confidence.

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