The first launch of the LauncherOne launcher from the board of the Boeing 747 Cosmic Girl failed. At the ninth second after separation from the aircraft, the rocket engine turned off for an unknown reason.
“We said that the main product of the first flight will be data and we got a lot of it,” commented on the accident at Virgin Orbit, the developer of LauncherOne.
Virgin Orbit is developing a low-cost way to deliver small satellites into orbit using a small air-launched launch vehicle. The payload of LauncherOne is 300 kilograms.