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Tubular Bells, Part One

LauncherOne

Virgin Orbit

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Tubular Bells, Part One

Type: Dedicated Rideshare
Launch Cost: $12,000,000

The mission includes three cubesats for US Department of Defense which are launched as a part of the DoS Space Test Program (STP); the Netherland’s first military satellite, a cubesat called BRIK II; and two optical satellites, STORK-4 and STORK-5, for SatRevolution’s STORK constellation.
The mission name, “Tubular Bells, Part One”, references the first music album released by Virgin Records label in the 1970s. The label was established by Virgin Orbit CEO Richard Branson.

Mission patch for Tubular Bells, Part One

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
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 3 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 4 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: 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
1 year ago

Fingers Xed Richard, go for launch.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
Reply to  Ken & Judy O' Neill
11 months ago

Nice one Richard.