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 was 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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Virgin Orbit launches 7 satellites on third-ever space mission

“Virgin Orbit now has two successful launches under its belt. The company lofted seven satellites today (June 30), taking a big step toward regular and reliable commercial launch service. Virgin Orbit’s carrier plane, a modified Boeing 747 called Cosmic …

Virgin Orbit Aces Second Launch Demo and Deploys NASA Payloads

“Virgin Orbit, the California-based satellite launch company, confirmed that its LauncherOne rocket reached space during the company’s second launch demonstration today, successfully deploying 10 payloads for NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP). Virgin Orbit’s novel launch system uses …

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit rocket test launch fails

“Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit has failed in its first test launch of a new rocket carried by a Boeing 747 and released over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern California. The inaugural launch had appeared to be …