Virgin Orbit Schedules Second Demo Flight of LauncherOne for January 5; Rocket Lab Schedules Launch for January 16 Written 6 January 2021


LauncherOne is designed to be launched from this former Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747, named Cosmic Girl. | Eric Salard - G-VWOW; Wikipedia; CC BY-SA 2.0

Space News reports that Virgin Orbit is planning the second flight of its LauncherOne rocket on January 10 between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. EST. The rocket “will be carried aloft by a modified Boeing 747 aircraft taking off from Mojave Air and Space Port, which will release [the rocket] off the coast of Southern California.” The mission “will carry 10 NASA-sponsored cubesats from eight universities and one NASA field center, arranged through NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program.” Additionally, Rocket Lab announced that it will launch an OHB-built communications satellite atop an Electron rocket January 16 from New Zealand.
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