LauncherOne | VCLS ELaNa XX

Virgin Orbit launch of a LauncherOne Rocket

Virgin Orbit is scheduled to launch a LauncherOne rocket as part of the VCLS ELaNa XX mission. The launch window for the Dedicated Rideshare mission is on Fri, May 29th, 2020, 8:00 PM EDT from Mojave Air and Space Port. The status of the launch is Red. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch!

Mission

VCLS ELaNa XX

NASA's signed a Venture Class Launch Services contract with Virgin Orbit to launch 13 cubesats into polar orbit.

Location

Mojave Air and Space Port

Air launch to orbit

Rocket

LauncherOne

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.

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 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