ABL Space’s RS1 rocket launched on its first orbital mission on Tuesday (10), rising from the platform at the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Kodiak Island, Alaska.
The two-stage rocket failed on its first flight, for which it was supposed to bring a pair of cubesats to low Earth orbit as planned, ABL representatives said (the launch was not broadcast live) .
“After takeoff, the RS1 malfunctioned and stopped prematurely. The team is working on our anomaly response procedures in coordination with the PSCA and FAA,” the ABL said via Twitter 23 minutes after takeoff.
“It’s not the result we expected today, but the one we prepared for. We will get back to you with additional information as it becomes available. Thank you all for the support,” the company added in another tweet.
Tuesday was the second consecutive day to experience a launch anomaly. Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket failed to reach orbit on the company’s first liftoff from the UK on Monday, resulting in the loss of nine satellites.
With information from Space.com
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