Virgin Orbit In Partnership With Intelligence Firm

Long Beach-based Virgin Orbit, which is developing satellite launch systems, says it has partnered with signals intelligence provider Horizon Technologies. Financial details of the deal were not announced, however, Virgin Orbit said it will become Horizon’s preferred launch partner, will take an equity stake in the company, and will appoint a Virgin Orbit representative to Horizon’s board. Horizon is based in the UK, and offers up “Maritime Domain Awareness” products, which the company says are used for detection of illegal activity, piracy, smuggling, illegal fishing, transshipments, and terrorism.