First test launch of Virgin Orbit rocket fails
LOS ANGELES: The first test launch of a rocket that is released from a jumbo jet at 35,000 feet and then propels itself into orbit to deploy a satellite failed on Monday, the Virgin Orbit company said.
"The mission terminated shortly into the flight. Cosmic Girl and our flight crew are safe and returning to base," Virgin Orbit's Twitter account reported as the test was underway off the coast of California.
The plane released the rocket cleanly, but the latter developed trouble of unknown origin after igniting its first-stage engine, the company said.
It is sad that the test launch has failed, better luck next time.
Send Indian RAGADeChootia along with cosmic girl next time, he will make sure the baby is delivered in orbit without fail.
Keep it up!!! Failure is the pillars of success
Don't give up. Better luck next time.
Step stone for success
Well said GUEST - it indeed is..
Look at the reach and futuristic vision of private sector in US and many other countries. India should also get at least one such company to delve into research and technological breakthrough
This is truly a new frontier. It's only through trial and error we will conquer it. Kudos to Virgin Orbit for trying. The space race of the yore, to put the first man on the moon, is still vivid in memory, especially the Kennedy made.
It would be better if USA defers such experiments in times of covid and con trate on the health of the people all over the world
Complex to launch from an aircraft. But there is always failure in science. The key is to quickly and completely learn from mistakes and try again to succeed. Good luck to the Virgin team.
Now for some thoughts on this : Imagine if this had happened on an Indian program. The anti India brigade of secular- liberals, intellectuals ( degenerates), movie " personalities", anti Hindu media entities would all join in a shrill outcry screaming about Covid, stranded migrant labor or any thing that catches their fancy to deride such a program. Of course cheated by " minorities" who follow alien re gions which have no basis in India, subcontinent or Asia for that matter.