Virgin Orbit to Launch Seven Satellites into Space Thursday Written 13 January 2022


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

The Daily Mail (UK) reports that Virgin Orbit “is set to fire seven satellites into space later today, when RAF pilot [Matthew Stannard] ‘Stanny’ unleashes the LauncherOne rocket from a Boeing 747.” The jet “will fly up to 35,000ft over the Pacific Ocean for an hour, before deploying the Launcher One rocket and roughly 660lb of satellites contained within,” sending the satellites “into a 310 mile orbit” at 16:00 ET (21:00 GMT).
Full Story (Daily Mail (UK))