Channel 4 has unveiled its inaugural collaboration with the emerging independent production company, Cornick Productions. The documentary, titled 'A Very British Space Launch,' will mark Cornick Productions' debut commission with the channel. Scheduled to air on Monday, August 28, 2023, at 10pm on Channel 4, this one-hour observational documentary delves into the captivating behind-the-scenes narrative of Virgin Orbit, led by Richard Branson. The program focuses on their ambitious endeavour to achieve the groundbreaking feat of launching a rocket into orbit from UK territory.
Having secured exclusive access to Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit for a half-year span leading up to the launch, Cornick Productions' film meticulously chronicles the myriad challenges and triumphs entwined with Britain's inaugural venture into the realm of commercial space launch. This momentous event unfolded earlier this year and is the subject of the documentary.
The documentary prominently features in-depth interviews with 'Stanny,' the pilot spearheading the mission. Additionally, the film provides an insider's look into the perspective of Melissa Quinn, who held the pivotal role of Head of Spaceport Cornwall. Notably, Melissa is an advocate for fostering diversity and empowering women within the space industry.