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Virgin Orbit | LauncherOne | Above the Clouds

Virgin Orbit is scheduled to launch a LauncherOne rocket as part of the Above the Clouds mission. The launch window for the Communications mission is on 12/31/2021 00:00 UTC (Date May Change) from Air launch to orbit. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the LauncherOne and experience the excitement for yourself.

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Mission: Above the Clouds

Mission to a 500 km circular orbit inclined at 45 degrees carrying eight R&D satellites from US government agencies with communications and navigation experiments as well as two Earth-observation nanosatellites from Polish company SatRevolution.

Rocket: LauncherOne

LauncherOne is a two stage orbital launch vehicle under development by Virgin Orbit since 2007. It is an air launch to orbit rocket, designed to launch “smallsat” payloads of 300 kilograms (660 lb) into a Sun-synchronous orbit, following air launch from a carrier aircraft at high altitude.

Agency: Virgin Orbit

Virgin Orbit is a company within the Virgin Group which plans to provide launch services for small satellites. The company was formed in 2017 to develop the air-launched LauncherOne rocket, launched from Cosmic Girl, which had previously been a project of Virgin Galactic. Based in Long Beach, California, Virgin Orbit has more than 300 employees led by president Dan Hart, a former vice president of government satellite systems at Boeing.

Virgin Orbit focuses on small satellite launch, which is one of three capabilities being focused on by Virgin Galactic. These capabilities are: human spaceflight operations, small satellite launch, and advanced aerospace design, manufacturing, and test

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This post was last modified on November 30, 2021 9:37 pm

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