The first ever satellite mission launched from UK soil has ended in failure, APA reports citing BBC.
A jumbo jet operated by the American Virgin Orbit company carried a rocket out of Newquay, Cornwall, to release it high over the Atlantic Ocean.
The rocket ignited and appeared to be ascending correctly. But word then came from the company that the rocket had suffered an "anomaly".
The satellites it was carrying could not be released and were lost.
The Virgin Orbit system is relatively new. It's only been in operation since 2020.
It suffered a failure on its maiden outing but this was followed up by four successful flights.