Countdown as first launch of space rocket into orbit from Britain is set to take place within hours

Britain takes off tonight! The countdown as the first launch of a space rocket into orbit from Britain will take place in a few hours.

  • The first space launch into orbit from Britain will take place tonight in Cornwall.
  • A ‘redesigned’ Cosmic Girl jumbo jet will carry a 70ft rocket under its wing
  • The launch, called Start Me Up, will be attended by 25,000 people in Newquay

The first launch of a space rocket into orbit from Britain is scheduled for tonight.

A ‘redesigned’ jumbo jet called the Cosmic Girl will take off from the UK’s first spaceport in Cornwall carrying the 70ft rocket under its wing to a height of 35,000ft, before launching it to southern Ireland.

The rocket, LauncherOne, will fly into space with a payload of nine satellites.

Its purposes range from navigation to maritime surveillance to prevent illegal fishing, smuggling and piracy.

Technicians work on Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket attached to the wing of Cosmic Girl, a Boeing 747-400 aircraft, ahead of Britain’s first space launch on Monday.

The Rocket Will Be Launched From Cornwall Airport. Approximately Ten Minutes After Liftoff, The Spacecraft Will Reach 35,000 Feet.

The rocket will be launched from Cornwall airport. Approximately ten minutes after liftoff, the spacecraft will reach 35,000 feet.

The launch of the rocket, called Start Me Up after the Rolling Stones song, has been organized by Virgin Orbit from Cornwall airport, near Newquay.

2,500 people are expected to attend.

Thousands more, including Virgin billionaire founder Sir Richard Branson, are ready to watch a live stream on YouTube.

The Launch Will Be Streamed On Youtube. Sir Richard Branson Is Expected To View The Rocket Online

The launch will be streamed on YouTube. Sir Richard Branson is expected to view the rocket online

The Company Says Most People In The Uk And Ireland Should Be Able To See Launcherone Within 60 Seconds Of Powering On, While Those Living On The Coast Of France, Portugal And Spain Will Get A Good View Within Two Or Three Minutes.

The company says most people in the UK and Ireland should be able to see LauncherOne within 60 seconds of powering on, while those living on the coast of France, Portugal and Spain will get a good view within two or three minutes.

Spaceport Cornwall (Pictured From An Artist Impression) Will Be The First Of Its Kind In The Uk To Come Online When The Repurposed Newquay Airport Hosts The Spaceplane'S Take-Off At Night, After All Commercial Flights Have Finished.

Spaceport Cornwall (pictured from an artist impression) will be the first of its kind in the UK to come online when the repurposed Newquay airport hosts the spaceplane’s take-off at night, after all commercial flights have finished.

However, weather experts warned that the weather could see a last-minute postponement until later this month.

David Rothery, professor of planetary geosciences at the Open University, said: “This rocket launch sprinkles some stardust over the UK.”


The ‘Prometheus-2’ mission will send two cube-shaped satellites (‘cubesats’) into space via Virgin Orbit, although there will be other payloads on board.

The Cubesats will operate in low Earth orbit, about 340 miles above Earth and 30 to 60 miles apart at 17,000 mph.

Cubesat 1 includes a hyperspectral imager, a laser detector, and a GPS receiver. The hyperspectral imager will capture multiple image fragments at different wavelengths of light for higher definition images. The GPS receiver confirms the precise time and position of the satellite over the area of ‚Äč‚ÄčEarth to be photographed.

Cubesat 2 includes two optical imaging cameras, a laser rangefinder, and a GPS receiver. One camera will be equipped with a wide angle lens for a 180 degree view of the Earth’s surface with the second camera looking at the other Cubesat 1 to support space situational awareness and allow us to understand what else is orbiting the Earth.

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