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Space launch tickets ‘sold faster than Glastonbury’ – Excitement builds for major UK first | Science | News



Lucky spectators are “incredibly excited” for the UK’s first space launch tonight, so much so that tickets are reported to have sold out “quicker than Glastonbury”, has been told. In a flagship moment for the UK’s burgeoning space sector, Virgin Orbit’s Start Me Up mission is set to see the first-ever space launch blast off from British soil down in Cornwall later this evening. 

Around 2,500 members of the public were lucky enough to get their hands on a ticket to view the historic event, which “apparently sold out quicker than Glastonbury”.

Speaking exclusively to, Science Minister George Freeman said: “It’s incredibly exciting…apparently the tickets sold out for the public faster than Glastonbury. There are 2,500 members of the public here on a pretty dark, cold wet night which I think says something about the level of interest. 

“I think it is an incredibly humbling and inspiring night. In the 1960s, JFK sent the Americans on the Apollo Moon mission and inspired a whole generation and laid the foundations for major USA technological leadership. In many ways, this is our UK achievement.”

The so-called horizontal launch will see Virgin Orbit’s modified Boeing 747 take off from Spaceport Cornwall’s designated runway at Newquay Airport Cornwall carrying the LauncherOne rocket under its wing. 

The rocket will be ferried 35,000 feet up into the atmosphere under its wing before being jettisoned into space under its own power, taking nine small satellites into low-Earth orbit. 

According to Mr Freeman, Britain can become a global player in the industry in a major win for post-Brexit Britain at puts the UK “in the lead” in the European space race. 

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