Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Orbit rocket fails on debut flight
A California company owned by UK businessman Sir Richard Branson fails to launch a rocket to orbit.
Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit company has tried unsuccessfully to launch a rocket over the Pacific Ocean.
The booster was released from under the wing of one of the UK entrepreneur's old jumbos which had been specially converted for the task.
The rocket should have ignited its engine seconds later but engineers had to terminate the flight.
Virgin Orbit's goal is to try to capture a share of the emerging market for the launch of small satellites.
More updates to follow.
We've confirmed a clean release from the aircraft. However, the mission terminated shortly into the flight. Cosmic Girl and our flight crew are safe and returning to base.