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Launch Demo 2

LauncherOne

Virgin Orbit

Launch Status
Success

Mission


Launch Demo 2 (VCLS ELaNa XX)

  • Type: Dedicated Rideshare
  • Orbit: Polar Orbit
  • Launch Cost: $12,000,000

This is Virgin Orbit’s second attempt to launch the LauncherOne rocket. It also carries cubesats which were contracted by NASA through Venture Class Launch Services contract.

Location


Mojave Air and Space Port

Air launch to orbit

Mojave Air and Space Port has witnessed the launch of 5 rockets, including 5 orbital launch attempts, while Air launch to orbit, has been the site for 51 rocket launches.

Mojave Air and Space Port

Rocket


Virgin Orbit LauncherOne

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.

LauncherOne

Agency


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

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