This past Sunday, Virgin Orbita modified Boeing 747under the wing of rocket ignited. This ignition puts satellites in low earth orbit. Orbitachieved a first.
Virgin Orbit breaks new ground
Sir Richard Branson Virgin Orbit, founded by 17 January Sundayday r, 21 meters away as well as the rocket with length Boeing 747released a cinematic summary of the groundbreaking mission, including footage shot in.
With this success SpaceX and Rocket LabBecoming the third privately-funded company to reach orbit after Virgin Orbitis between two powerful companies to establish a service that distributes small satellites in space for global customers.
also Virgin Orbit orbital class air-launched, liquid fuel your rocket It was the first company that enabled it to reach space.
Formerly Virgin atlantic Virgin Orbit’s Boeing 747 carrying passengers for Sunday morning California in the desert Mojave Air and Space PortHe got up from. After Wake up Pacific flying over here with satellite installed LauncherOne launched his rocket from under his left wing.
May 2020the first stage of the rocket in Newtonthree In contrast to an unsuccessful attempt to reach orbit, where an abnormality in the engine caused it to shut down just seconds after ignition, the launch performed this time NASA successfully launched nine smaller satellites into space.
Dan Hart, CEO of Virgin Orbit, describes the successful mission as follows; “A new door has been opened to space. The successful launch of LauncherOne into orbit today is a testament to the talent, precision, strength and ingenuity of this team. Even in the face of a global pandemic, we have focused on showing every element of this revolutionary launch system in full. This effort has paid off with a task well executed today and we couldn’t be happier than that. said.
After confirming the successful installation of the satellite, Branson tweeted how Virgin Orbit started out as an idea with a sticker affixed to the floor in a hangar. Branson, “Now we launch rockets and fly from the wing of our modified 747 to drop satellites into orbit” said.
.@VirginOrbit started as an idea with a sticker on the floor in a hangar – now we’re launching rockets off the wing of our modified 747 and flying them into orbit to drop off satellites pic.twitter.com/rELzqzAbGW
– Richard Branson (@richardbranson) January 18, 2021
Finally, Virgin Orbit also stated that, after its flawless mission on Sunday, it will officially switch to a commercial service as a result of numerous bookings from the US Space Force, UK Air Force and California-based Swarm Technologies.