Sir Richard Branson’s space agency Virgin Orbit has unveiled plans to launch its first UK flight from Cornwall this summer, and has signed a deal with Cardiff – based Space Forge to launch the Virgin Orbit satellite into orbit at a historic moment for UK space.
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, the satellite will be launched on a rocket called Launcherone, which will be launched from a large jet from Spaceport Cornwall, part of New York Airport.
Over the past 14 months, LauncherOne has already placed payloads into space for Virgin Orbit customers, including NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense.
“At Virgin Orbit, we’re pleased to have selected Space Forge to propel them forward in their spaceflight, and we look forward to Cornwall’s initial launch,” said Don Hart, CEO of Virgin Orbit.
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Virgin Orbit has already made three successful orbits through LauncherOne in 2021 and 2022. Most recently in January all three were conducted from Mojave Air & Space Port in California, but have now decided to launch from the UK.
The January launch of the LauncherOne aircraft successfully launched seven satellites for customers, including the U.S. Department of Defense and Britain’s Spire, and the Virgin Orbit still plans to launch several LauncherOne aircraft from California in 2022, one of which will be launching spacecraft into space power in the first quarter. .
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