Virgin Orbit Has Another Successful Launch

Mojave-based space launch provider Virgin Orbit successfully launched a new batch of satellites into space, using its unique rocket-launched-from-a-747 system. Virgin Orbit said it launched 7 customer satellites on its mission on Thursday, using its LauncherOne rocket. The launch was from off the Southern California coast, about 50 miles south of Channel Islands National Park. According to Virgin Orbit, it now has demonstrated the ability to “launch anywhere, anytime and unwarned” for its government customers. The “Above the Clouds” launch included satellites from Spire Global, the U.S. Department of Defense, and Polish satellite company SatRevolution.