After several years in development, early reports show the Long Beach company’s LauncherOne rocket made it to space on Sunday.
In an earlier test launch in May 2020, LauncherOne only ignited for about 10 seconds, cutting out early and falling into the Pacific Ocean off the Southern California coast.
The investigation determined there was a breach in a high-pressure line carrying cryogenic liquid oxygen to the first-stage combustion chamber.
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.