Photo: Virgin Orbit
An American private company Virgin Orbit during the demonstration test has lost its launch vehicle LauncherOne. This is stated in the statement on the website of the company.
The rocket was to be launched with a specially remodeled for these tasks of the Boeing 747 called Cosmic Girl. Shortly after the successful run, there was some “anomaly”, and the tests were discontinued.
The failure of the test responded to competitor Virgin Orbit, the founder of SpaceX Elon Musk. In his Twitter he wrote that he regretted the incident. The billionaire said the complexity of the project and recalled that prior to the successful launch of its rocket, the Falcon 1 three tests ended in failure.
LauncherOne is designed to display satellites weighing up to 500 pounds into orbit. According to engineers, this method of launching satellites will cost much cheaper than traditional methods.
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