Launch Demo

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Test Flight

Low Earth Orbit Mojave Air and Space Port Air launch to orbit

Payload-free test flight of the LauncherOne vehicle.

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Arstechnica

Rocket Report: Virgin Orbit flight ends quickly, Netflix’s hybrid rocket

"We will be very glad, if the Americans have an alternative system."

SpaceNews

Virgin Orbit first launch attempt fails

Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne failed to reach orbit in its first launch attempt May 25, with the mission “terminated” moments after the rocket’s release.

Spaceflight Now

Virgin Orbit’s air-launched rocket fails on first test flight

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Arstechnica

Virgin Orbit attempts to launch its first rocket, but it failed

"An anomaly then occurred early in first stage flight."

NASA Spaceflight

Virgin Orbit’s First Orbital Launch Attempt Terminated Shortly After Release

After years of development and testing, Virgin Orbit is preparing to conduct its first orbital launch attempt. The maiden flight of the air-launched LauncherOne rocket is scheduled for Monday, May 25, in a window from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PD...

LauncherOne

Family: Launcher
Configuration: One

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.

Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    16.0 m
  • Diameter
    1.6 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
  • Thrust
    327 kN
Family
  • Name
    LauncherOne
  • Family
    Launcher
  • Variant
    One
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    LauncherOne
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $12,000,000
  • Low Earth Orbit
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity
    300 kg

Virgin Orbit

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Dan Hart Founded: 2017 Successes: 0 Failures: 1 Pending: 3

Agency Type: Commercial

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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Pad: Mojave Air and Space Port


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