The British launch force Skyrora launched the Skylark L rocket for the first time, but instead of orbiting, it ended up in the sea

The British launch force Skyrora launched the Skylark L rocket for the first time, but instead of or

The other day, Skyrora's Scottish launcher tried to launch a suborbital Skylark L missile from a site on the Luangane peninsula in Iceland, but failed. However, the company's management calls it an important milestone on the road to commercial launches and the first orbital launch from Britain, which is due to take place as early as 2023.

According to the company's blog, soon after the launch, the missile had problems and landed in the Norwegian Sea about 500 metres from the launch site. Fortunately, no one was injured, and many swimming vehicles were used to extract the missile from the water. The startup had already had successful experience with the Icelandic authorities: the Skylark Micro mini-missile was launched from here in the autumn of 2019. Since then, negotiations have been under way on the possible launch of the Skylark L model, which was based on the lack of risk to humans, wildlife and buildings.

Skyrora drew attention to adverse weather conditions on the days before the launch, and although the mission was not successful, the company gained useful experience in transporting an 11-metre-long rocket in a cargo container to the launch site as well as in other launch-related activities.

The Skylark L subbitudinal rocket is potentially capable of developing four times the speed of sound and reaching a height of 125 km. 70% of the technologies tested therein will be used in new systems such as the larger Skyrora XL. In August, the company conducted a key test of the Skyrora XL second-stage engine.

Skyrora is one of the few British companies that intend to provide small satellite launch services. In 2023, it is planned to launch two spaceports in Scotland, a Virgin Orbit rocket from a restructured airport in Cornwall not earlier than November of this year. Even if it is successful, it will be the first orbital launch from the United Kingdom, but not the first orbital launch from here with a vertical launch.