Virgin Orbit - LauncherOne “Straight Up” Mission patch.
July 2, 2022
Illustration of “Cosmic Girl” aircraft release the LauncherOne rocket
For Virgin Orbit’s “Straight Up” mission, the “Cosmic Girl” aircraft took off from the Mojave Air and Spaceport in California, on 2 July 2022, at 05:49 UTC (1 July, 22:49 PST).
LauncherOne launches “Straight Up”
“Cosmic Girl” traveled off the Pacific coast to about 9.6 km (31500ft) in altitude, then released the LauncherOne rocket that launched seven satellites for the U.S. Space Force’s STP-S28A mission, at 06:53 UTC (1 July, 23:53 PST).
The U.S. Space Force will launch seven (7) satellites provided by multiple government agencies that will conduct experiments in space-based communications, in-space navigation, and climate change.
About Virgin Orbit
Virgin Orbit (Nasdaq: VORB) operates one of the most flexible and responsive space launch systems ever built. Founded by Sir Richard Branson in 2017, the company began commercial service in 2021, and has already delivered commercial, civil, national security, and international satellites into orbit. Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rockets are designed and manufactured in Long Beach, California, and are air-launched from a modified 747- 400 carrier aircraft that allows Virgin Orbit to operate from locations all over the world in order to best serve each customer’s needs.
Virgin Orbit: https://virginorbit.com/
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