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Report: Film & TV production worth £5m to Cornish economy

Figures released by Screen Cornwall show that film and TV production was worth more than £5 million (€5.8m) to the Cornish economy in 2022. The figures are taken from the first economic impact analysis into the Gross Value Added (GVA) of film and TV production in the region that the screen agency has produced since […]

August 24, 2023

Virgin Media O2 improves network in holiday hotspots

With a busy summer of UK staycations in full swing, Virgin Media O2 has announced a boost to its 4G and 5G mobile network, with a focus on rural areas and holiday hotspots.  The operator has upgraded its network in more than 72,000 ‘destination’ postcodes since May last year with some of the nation’s favourite […]

August 11, 2023

Filming commences on Beyond Paradise Xmas special and 2nd season

Filming has commenced for the first Christmas special and second season of the hugely successful crime drama Beyond Paradise. Co-commissioned with BritBox International and coming to BBC One and iPlayer, fans will be eager to see what’s next for Humphrey and Martha following their make-or-break trip to Saint Marie at the end of the last […]

July 6, 2023

Virgin Orbit wraps launcher failure investigation

Virgin Orbit says it has completed its investigation into the problems of its failed January 9th launch from Spaceport Cornwall. The company said it return to flight later this year. Virgin Orbit is currently progressing through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring. Virgin Orbit says the rocket’s failure was caused by a fuel filter that had […]

April 24, 2023By Chris Forrester

Virgin Orbit confirms rocket failure cause

Virgin Orbit says a dislodged fuel filter was responsible for its LauncherOne rocket failure on January 9th. The launch took place from Newquay Spaceport in Cornwall with the rocket suspended from a Virgin Orbit converted Boeing 747, Cosmic Girl. The problem filter meant that the rocket’s second stage overheated and being lost along with the […]

February 15, 2023By Chris Forrester

Virgin Orbit reports on Cornwall failure

Virgin Orbit lost its LauncherOne rocket on January 9th when its second stage failed to operate correctly. CEO Dan Hart – speaking on a panel at the SmallSat Symposium in California – said that a small, and inexpensive part, might have been the cause. The problem flight took place from Spaceport Cornwall in Newquay, Cornwall […]

February 9, 2023By Chris Forrester

UK Spaceports determined to succeed

The rocket and satellite industry know all about Florida’s long history of launches, as well as the importance of the French Guiana facility at Kourou or the Russian Cosmodrome at Baikonur. But there are dozens of other would-be launch sites now emerging, and the UK is determined to tap into at least some of these […]

January 27, 2023

Virgin Orbit assesses rocket failure

Virgin Orbit has reported that its Cosmic Girl launch from Cornwall on January 9th “ultimately fell short of reaching its target orbit”. The company admitted that the effort was not a moment to remember. Investors shared the sentiment and sent Virgin Orbit Holdings share price on the Nasdaq exchange crashing down 22 per cent on […]

January 11, 2023

Cornwall’s Spaceport ready for business

Subject to last-minute weather limitations, January 9th should see Virgin Orbit’s converted 747 jet, ‘Cosmic Girl’, take off with its LauncherOne rocket fixed under its port wing. The aircraft will leave Spaceport Cornwall in Newquay with the 70ft rocket and its cargo. That cargo is a batch of nine smallish satellites which it will deploy […]

January 9, 2023

Virgin Orbit gets UK licences for space launch

Virgin Orbit has received the final licences from the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to commence launches from Spaceport Cornwall, in Newquay, UK. The CAA said that Sir Richard Branson’s company demonstrated it has “taken all reasonable steps to ensure safety risks arising from launch activities are as low as reasonably practicable”. Virgin Orbit could […]

December 21, 2022By Chris Forrester