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Above the Clouds

LauncherOne

Virgin Orbit

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Mission

Above the Clouds

Type: Communications

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.

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Location

Mojave Air and Space Port

Air launch to orbit

49 rockets have launched from Air launch to orbit.

Mojave Air and Space Port, Air launch to orbit

Rocket

LauncherOne

Length: 16 meters
Diameter: 1.6 meters

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.

The LauncherOne rocket has been launched a total of 3 times with 2 successful and 1 failed launches.

Agency

Virgin Orbit

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: VO
Administration: Dan Hart
Founded: 2017
Launchers: 141

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 O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
3 months ago

Launcherone rocket has a record of 3 out of 2 launches , make this number 4 folks .