Virgin Orbit rocket suffers anomaly during first launch from UK

NEWQUAY, UK — The first-ever orbital mission to take off from the UK hasn’t gone to plan.

This flight, Virgin Orbit’s “Start Me Up” mission, got off to a pretty good start. The company’s carrier aircraft, known as Cosmic Girl, took off from Spaceport Cornwall here as scheduled on Monday January 9 at 5:02 p.m. EST (2202 GMT).

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