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Virgin Orbit Rocket Launches 7 US Defense Department Satellites: Latest Updates!!!


  • Virgin Orbit is based in Long Beach, California, and currently conducts launches from the Mojave airport.
  • The US Space Force purchased the launch.

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Virgin Orbit Rocket Updates: A customised Boeing 747 flying off the coast of Southern California fired off a Virgin Orbit rocket Friday night carrying seven US Defense Department satellites.

From Mojave Air and Space Port in the Mojave Desert, the modified jumbo jet took off, launching the rocket over the Pacific Ocean to the northwest of Los Angeles.The US Space Force purchased the launch for a test programme run by the Defense Department. Numerous experiments will be carried out by the seven payloads.

Virgin Orbit Rocket

Folks, there you have it. A little before 1:00am local time, or approximately an hour after the rocket separated from the 747, the corporation tweeted. All client spacecraft were successfully restarted and launched into their intended orbits by Newton Four.It was Virgin Orbit’s first night launch and fourth commercial launch overall. The launch was supposed to happen on Wednesday night, but due to a propellant temperature issue, that effort was scrubbed.

Virgin Orbit named the mission “Straight Up” after the popular song from Paula Abdul’s debut studio album, “Forever Your Girl,” which was released through Virgin Records in 1988. British billionaire Richard Branson founded Virgin Orbit in 2017.It currently conducts launches from the Mojave airport but has plans for international missions.The company’s main office is in Long Beach, California. Later this year, the company will launch two satellites from Cornwall, England’s Newquay Airport. The satellites will test radio signal monitoring under a partnership between the UK Ministry of Defense and the US National Reconnaissance Office.

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