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Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reaches space on 2nd try

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reaches space on 2nd try

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Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit has reached space eight months after the first demonstration flight of its air-launched rocket system failedBy JOHN ANTCZAK Associated PressJanuary 17, 2021, 11:38 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLOS ANGELES -- Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit reached space on Sunday, eight months after the first demonstration flight of its air-launched rocket system failed, the company said.A 70-foot-long (21.34-meter-long) LauncherOne rocket was released from beneath the wing of a Boeing 747 carrier aircraft off the coast of Southern California, ignited moments later and soared toward space.The two-stage rocket carried a cluster of very small satellites known as CubeSats developed and built as part of a NASA educational program involving U.S. ...
Virgin Orbit rocket reaches orbit, satellites deployed

Virgin Orbit rocket reaches orbit, satellites deployed

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Jan. 17 (UPI) -- California-based Virgin Orbit made its first successful flight to orbit Sunday using a rocket launched from a plane over the Pacific Ocean, announcing later that the satellites aboard were released successfully. The rocket soared into space at 2:40 p.m. EST after the company's Cosmic Girl aircraft, a modified Boeing 747-400, released it from beneath a wing. Advertisement "Payloads successfully deployed into our target orbit!," Virgin Orbit tweeted at 5:29 p.m. "We are so, so proud to say that LauncherOne has now completed its first mission to space, carrying 9 CubeSat missions into Low Earth Orbit for our friends @NASA." Forty minutes earlier, the company tweeted, "We can confirm our NewtonFour upper stage engine successfully relit at the right time and for the right dur...
Virgin Orbit rocket reaches orbit, but satellite deployment unclear

Virgin Orbit rocket reaches orbit, but satellite deployment unclear

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Jan. 17 (UPI) -- California-based Virgin Orbit made its first successful flight to orbit Sunday using a rocket launched from a plane over the Pacific Ocean, but the company hadn't disclosed whether the satellites aboard were released successfully. The rocket soared into space at 2:40 p.m. EST after the company's Cosmic Girl aircraft, a modified Boeing 747-400, released it from beneath a wing. Advertisement What remains is a question about what happened to the satellites that were headed to orbit. "We can confirm our NewtonFour upper stage engine successfully relit at the right time and for the right duration. The payload separation command was issued as planned. The team is going through the data now to confirm everything -- but it's very encouraging," the company tweeted at 4:49 p.m. Ri...
Virgin Media broadband price rises of up to £54 in 2021

Virgin Media broadband price rises of up to £54 in 2021

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Universities prepare to launch experiments with NASA, Virgin Orbit

Universities prepare to launch experiments with NASA, Virgin Orbit

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ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Experiments on a NASA educational satellite mission planned this month include two devices intended to inspect other spacecraft in space, a box of quartz marbles that will float in microgravity and a weather observation satellite to monitor storms. Ten small satellites, or CubeSats, on the mission are packed for launch as early as next week from California. Nine of the craft were designed and built by eight different universities in the United States, along with one built by NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett, Calif. Advertisement The launch had been planned for a Virgin Orbit LauncherOne rocket on Saturday this week, but the launch company posted on Twitter that a positive COVID-19 case among its crew set back the schedule. A company spokesperson said...