A Virgin Orbit LauncherOne rocket failed during launch of nine small satellites for seven customers after dropping from a modified Boeing 747 carrier jet. The mission will be the first orbital launch based out of the United Kingdom and all of Western Europe. The LauncherOne rocket carried small payloads for the UK Ministry of Defense’s Defense Science & Technology Laboratory, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, RHEA Group, Space Forge, Satellite Applications Catapult, SatRevolution, and Oman. Virgin Orbit called this mission “Start Me Up.” Read our full story.