A space launch hazard area will be in place off the South-West coast tonight.
Virgin Orbit will be carrying out a satellite launch attempt from the UK's Spaceport in Cornwall.
The Department of Transport says a hazard area, affecting fishing vessels and ships, will be in place off the coast of Cork and Kerry between 10 pm tonight and 1 am tomorrow.
If all goes to plan - and weather permitting - satellites will be blasted into space from Newquay in Cornwall.
The so-called horizontal launch sees the rocket launch from the wing of a converted Boeing 747.
T minus 1 day until the start of the UK’s first orbital launch window! 🚀
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— Virgin Orbit (@VirginOrbit) January 9, 2023
"The Department of Transport issued a marine notice last week, saying it's been advised that Virgin Orbit plans to establish a space launch hazard area off the South-West Coast of Ireland on 09 January and 10 January between the hours of 22:00 and 01:00, subject to weather and operational constraints."