UK space launch fails after historic Cornwall rocket launch

To launch a rocket high over the Atlantic Ocean, the American Virgin Orbit company's jumbo plane took off from Newquay, Cornwall.  

The rocket appeared to be rising properly once it started. However, the corporation later announced that there had been a "anomaly" with the rocket.

The mission was promoted as a significant turning point for UK space, heralding the beginning of a domestic launch industry.

Ian Annett, the UK Space Agency's deputy CEO, said it demonstrated "how difficult" entering orbit genuinely

He said on the Today programme of BBC Radio 4 that "we get up, we go back, we try again, that's what distinguishes us."

Melissa Thorpe: "We all put so much into this, so it is gut-wrenching.