Virgin Orbit On Track to Launch LauncherOne In Last Week of June Written 9 June 2021


Cosmic Girl carrying LauncherOne during the first flight in January 2021. | Wikipedia; CC BY 2.0

Fox Business reports that Virgin Orbit “announced Tuesday that its upcoming orbital mission, dubbed ‘Tubular Bells, Part One’ on track to launch in the last week of June.” The company “said that its rocket, LauncherOne, has been shipped to Mojave Air and Space Port in California where final preparations are underway.” LauncherOne’s “payload will include satellites from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Space Test Program, SatRevolution, and the Royal Netherlands Air Force.” Last week, Virgin Orbit “conducted a successful cryoload test, where LauncherOne was filled with liquid oxygen propellant and fully pressurized to flight-like levels.” The company “will now move forward with a ‘wet dress rehearsal,’ where it will run through all combined launch operations up until takeoff.”
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