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Above the Clouds

LauncherOne

Virgin Orbit

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Above the Clouds

Type: Communications
Launch Cost: $12,000,000

Mission to a 500 km circular orbit inclined at 45 degrees carrying eight R&D satellites from US government agencies with communications and navigation experiments as well as two Earth-observation nanosatellites from Polish company SatRevolution.

Mission patch for Above the Clouds

Location

Mojave Air and Space Port

Air launch to orbit

50 rockets have launched from Air launch to orbit.

Mojave Air and Space Port, Air launch to orbit

Rocket

LauncherOne – Virgin Orbit

Family: Launcher
Length: 16 m
Diameter: 1.6 m
Launch Mass: 30 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 500 kg

The LauncherOne was manufactured by Virgin Orbit with the first launch on 2020-05-25. LauncherOne has 4 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 5 launches. LauncherOne is a two stage orbital launch vehicle developed 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.

Agency

Virgin Orbit

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: VO
Administration: President: Dan Hart
Founded: 2017
Launchers: LauncherOne

Country: USA

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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Ken & Judy
Ken & Judy
11 months ago

Happy New Year Sir Richard hope this launch is successful.

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
11 months ago

I agree w/Ken and Judy.

Ken & Judy
Ken & Judy
Reply to  Aaron Gosnell
11 months ago

Happy New Year Aaron here’s to more great space exploration missions in 2022.
Stay safe .

Vila Wolf
Vila Wolf
11 months ago

Is there a way to add this to Google Calendar?

Jeanette Brannen
Jeanette Brannen
10 months ago

Is this a launch we could see from Daytona Beach on the beach?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Jeanette Brannen
10 months ago

No they launch from a plane over the ocean.

G M
G M
10 months ago

Great to see VORB getting 2022 started with air launch!

Last edited 10 months ago by G M
Ken & Judy
Ken & Judy
10 months ago

Great web coverage and graphics of the mission and small satellites are changing the world we live in , go Virgin Orbit.