First Skyrora space launch ditches in the sea off Iceland

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Icelandic sea waters are the site of the first Skyrora space launch.
Icelandic sea waters are the site of the first Skyrora space launch.

The corporation with its headquarters in Edinburgh wanted to fly its Skylark L vehicle from Iceland’s Langanes peninsula above 100 kilometres.

However, a technical issue caused the 11-meter rocket to crash back into the water just 500 metres from the launch pad.

Next year, Skyrora hopes to begin orbital launches from Scotland.

These will take place at the upcoming Saxavord Spaceport on Shetland. The Skyrora XL, a considerably larger vehicle, will be used by them.

The Skylark L flight over the weekend was meant as an early opportunity to evaluate systems and processes.

Despite the fact that this launch attempt did not go exactly as planned, Volodymyr Levykin, the company’s founder and CEO, remarked that it was still a tremendous success for the new connection between Iceland and the UK as well as the European space industry as a whole.

Based on what we have accomplished here, we are still optimistic that we will reach our goal of launching a full vertical orbit from UK land in 2023.

 

The Skylark L is a sub-orbital rocket

Skyrora is approaching its ascent into space in stages. It had only ever flown tiny supersonic aircraft inside the atmosphere, up to an altitude of under 30 kilometres.

The Skylark L mission was an initial attempt to cross the Karman Line, the globally acknowledged line marking the transition from aviation to spaceflight.

Kerosene and hydrogen peroxide are the fuels used in the “sounding rocket” Skylark L. It is intended to provide a brief period of weightlessness for research payloads to conduct experiments. The rocket is referred to as sub-orbital since it was not designed to travel at a high enough speed and altitude to remain in orbit.

However, the payloads on the upcoming Skyrora XL would be directed at orbital levels. The 23-meter vehicle’s 3D-printed engines have been put through static fire tests, and the business plans to launch its first mission in 2023.

 

In the UK, Scotland has been selected as the location for “vertical” rocket launches.

In Cornwall, “horizontal” rocketry is going to start. Next month, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit business is anticipated to launch its first mission from Newquay.

Virgin launches their rockets into space from under the wing of a 747 passenger jet that has been modified.

Icelandic sea waters are the site of the first Skyrora space launch.
Icelandic sea waters are the site of the first Skyrora space launch.

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