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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SpaceNews

Virgin Orbit identifies cause of engine shutdown on first LauncherOne flight

The first flight of Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne failed to reach orbit in May when a propellant line broke seconds after ignition of its first stage engine.

Spaceflight Now

Virgin Orbit traces cause of LauncherOne engine failure to propellant line

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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: 4

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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