Long Beach-based Virgin Orbit failed Monday on its 1st attempt to launch a test satellite into space aboard a rocket carried aloft by a Boeing 747.
Long Beach-based Virgin Orbit could see the 1st full-scale demonstration of its LauncherOne orbital launch system today.
Virgin Orbit is developing an air-launch system in which a rocket carried aloft under the wing of a special Boeing 747-400 is released then fires its engine to insert payloads into orbit.
Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart described the test as “a picture-perfect flight, and a major step forward in our quest to bring a new capability to small satellite launch.”
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded an agreement for a prototype flight with Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne, the Long Beach-based company announced this week.
The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia will invest around $1 billion into Long Beach-based Virgin Orbit, Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company, Virgin announced today.
Long Beach-based Virgin Orbit announced that Cloud Constellation Corporation, a commercial satellite developer, has selected the LauncherOne service for the deployment of a constellation of space-based cloud storage data centers.
On Monday afternoon Virgin Orbit employees, CEO Dan Hart, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and other city dignitaries gathered to celebrate Cosmic Girl’s completion as a satellite air launch platform.
Virgin Galactic, and its billionaire founder Sir Richard Branson, announced last week the formation of Virgin Orbit, a commercial space company that will offer low-cost launch services for small satellites from its 180,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Long Beach.