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Straight Up

LauncherOne

Virgin Orbit

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Mission

Straight Up

Type: Government/Top Secret
Launch Cost: $12,000,000

Launch contracted by the U.S. Space Force for the Rocket Systems Launch Program (RSLP), with payloads provided by the DoD Space Test Program (STP) as part of the Space Force’s STP-28A mission.
It will carry seven satellites from multiple government agencies that are experiments intended to demonstrate novel modular satellite bus, space domain awareness, and adaptive radio frequency technologies. The target orbit is approximately 500 km above the Earth’s surface at 45 degrees inclination.

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 – Virgin Orbit

Family: Launcher
Length: 16 m
Diameter: 1.6 m

The LauncherOne was manufactured by Virgin Orbit with the first launch on 2020-05-25. LauncherOne has 3 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 4 launches. 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.

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
13 hours ago

Good luck with this top secret launch .