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Typo on the date in the old one! The rest of the video is identical.
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Picture from Virgin’s press release about new contract: https://virg.in/oft

Edit: replaced with higher-res image

Launcher one looks aerodynamically quite similar to BV+

Image from Gunter's space page

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Fun photo captured by 1 of our engineers last week: Our flying launch pad in the skies above 1 of our rocket engine test stands #LauncherOne

https://twitter.com/virgin_orbit/status/919977770444259328

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Speaker Slide Presentation: Our Purpose – A Spaceline for Earth (w/audio)

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Published on Oct 17, 2017

Mike Moses, President, Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic is committed to not just building and flying a single spaceship, we are building a fleet of ships to carry people and payloads to suborbital space. This Spaceline will provide life-changing experiences for our customers and give us the momentum to evolve personal spaceflight in the future. We will look into the purpose of that Spaceline – as well as the progress of the current flight test program and our progress on building the next vehicles that will make up the heart of the Virgin Galactic Spaceline.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv-7LyPuvGs?t=001

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Speaker Slide Presentation: Our Purpose – A Spaceline for Earth (w/audio)

Those were some interesting short videos (with a lot of good test-firing footage), but I will warn future viewers that the audio quality is horrendous.
All aboard the HSF hype train!  Choo Choo!

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Wow:

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Press release: Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has announced plans to invest $1 billion in Virgin Galactic, TSC, Virgin Orbit.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/923560891647488000

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The release describes this as a “a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a partnership” with option for addl. $480M investment.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/923561188658688000

Edit: press release attached
« Last Edit: 10/26/2017 02:57 PM by FutureSpaceTourist »

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Virgin Galactic (Orbit) preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #166 on: 10/26/2017 04:24 PM »
Official Press Release Web Version

Saudi Arabia investment in our space companies

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Change is happening on a number of fronts in Saudi Arabia. The Crown Prince His Royal Highness Mohammad bin Salman Al-Saud has started to loosen societal restrictions and encourage a more progressive stance on areas such as women’s rights. There have been small steps to date but he is committed to bringing about these modern changes.

At the same time, the Crown Prince is making some bold economic moves as he guides the Kingdom away from its dependence on oil. On Tuesday he announced plans for a $500 billion new city in the north of the Kingdom and today I’m pleased to announce the intention of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), pending approval by the US government, to invest approximately $1 billion into our US based space companies, Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company and Virgin Orbit.

This is exciting news for our companies. For our wonderful staff, customers and partners, this investment is a sign of confidence from the international investment community that our vision, our approach and our technology are the right path to commercialising space access. Both VSS Unity and LauncherOne are poised to reach significant technical milestones in the run-up to launch, and we are eager to build out R&D and our US facilities to support next generation vehicles and services.

We are now just months away from Virgin Galactic sending people into space and Virgin Orbit placing satellites around the Earth. This investment will enable us to develop the next generation of human spaceflight, more economic satellite launches and accelerate our programme for trans-continental point-to-point space travel. It also includes the possibility to develop a space-centric entertainment industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

We will remain majority shareholders, and our companies will remain firmly rooted in Virgin brand values and based in southern California and New Mexico.

It is also exciting news for the people of Saudi Arabia. As I wrote before, it is time of transformational change in the country’s history thanks to Crown Prince and his bold Vision 2030. The country is putting its oil wealth into growing other sectors such as education, entertainment, tourism, and future forward technology.

Their wish to invest in our space technology is positive progress of the larger societal transformation the Crown Prince seeks to bring to his country and citizens.

We look forward to welcoming KSA as our partners in opening access to space to change the world for good.

https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/saudi-arabia-investment-our-space-companies?amp
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Wow. I always said I didn't really like Virgin Orbit's concept but respected their commitment. Wow.

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A new subsidiary:

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VOX Space, LLC is a US-incorporated, wholly-owned subsidiary of Virgin Orbit, LLC. VOX Space provides the national security community of the USA and allied nations with responsive, dedicated, and affordable launch services for small satellites bound for Low Earth Orbit. Headquartered in Manhattan Beach, California, VOX Space can provide study, analysis, integration, and launch services using Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne, while ensuring our customer’s critical information is protected.

https://voxspace.com/

(Edit to add: thanks to ParabolicArc's tweet for the heads-up)
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For the first time, we've shipped a complete #LauncherOne rocket (minus only payload and fairing) from our rocket factory. This particular wonderful machine is supporting fueling and integrated stage testing.

https://twitter.com/virgin_orbit/status/928716979447275520

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Always great to see hardware! :)

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One other photo here--this is of the rocket just outside our factory in Long Beach. Pulling from the longer caption on FB.

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For the first time, we've shipped a complete LauncherOne rocket (minus only payload, fairing, and fins) from our rocket factory. This particular rocket isn't headed to space; instead, this wonderful machine is supporting fueling and integrated stage testing.

We’ve got important work yet to do, with but our carrier aircraft already in flight test, our factory up and running in production mode, a manifest full of customers eager to fly, an awesome team that’s clicking on all cylinders, and a fully-integrated rocket hanging on our test stand, we’ve never been closer to our first flight to orbit.

BTW, I'd cast my vote for this thread just to be renamed "Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future" or something similar, rather than having the "Virgin Galactic (Orbit)" thing in there. Some people get confused and think Virgin Orbit and LauncherOne are still a part of Virgin Galactic, rather than being friendly sister companies. Every bit of clarity helps...
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Offline Chris Bergin

Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #172 on: 11/09/2017 08:33 PM »
Good call. Changed it. Was an interim thread title due to the name change to cover the bases for people searching for both names. Enough time has passed now :)

The eventual goal is a standalone section when status gets closer to flight testing and launches.
« Last Edit: 11/09/2017 08:35 PM by Chris Bergin »

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #173 on: 11/09/2017 09:13 PM »
The eventual goal is a standalone section when status gets closer to flight testing and launches.

Thanks--and that sounds like a great plan to me.  I'm looking forward to that day! (<-- Understatement of the Year candidate right there)
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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #174 on: 11/10/2017 08:30 PM »
Will the test stand shown above support a full duration booster fire?

Matthew

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #175 on: 11/12/2017 09:41 PM »
Will the test stand shown above support a full duration booster fire?

Yes! It's a good, multi-functional stand.
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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #176 on: 11/16/2017 02:09 PM »
Oh hello.....

Presser:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AWARDS AGREEMENT FOR A PROTOTYPE LAUNCH ON VIRGIN ORBIT’S LAUNCHERONE

The Department of Defense Space Test Program prototypes its first small launch demonstration from VOX Space, a subsidiary of Virgin Orbit

 

Long Beach, California – 16 November 2017 – The U.S. Department of Defense announced today that it has a prototype flight with Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne as a demonstration of the new, extremely flexible and responsive launch service. The DoD Space Test Program (STP) is now on the manifest for a primary launch expected to occur as early as January 2019.

 

The STP, executed by the Space and Missile System Center’s Advanced Systems Development Directorate, awarded the launch via an ‘Other Transaction’ agreement by partnering with Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx).  VOX Space LLC, a new, independent subsidiary of Virgin Orbit, was created to provide dedicated service to the government national security market.

 

LauncherOne is a new launch service being developed by Virgin Orbit and consists of a two-stage expendable rocket and a fully-reusable air-launch platform. Virgin Orbit recently completed assembly of a complete pathfinder rocket at its 180,000 square foot factory in Long Beach, CA, and the system’s 747-400 flying launch pad has begun its flight test campaign. The system is designed to provide highly responsive, reliable, and affordable flights to Low Earth Orbit to small satellites. The initial flight of the LauncherOne system is targeted for the first half of 2018.

 

This prototype launch will be used to fly technology demonstration satellites. Equally importantly, this launch will demonstrate the ability to leverage the rapid call-up and ultra-high flexibility that characterize the LauncherOne service.  This launch allows the DoD to assess LauncherOne as a means to deliver Space Experiment Review Board payloads to orbit.

 

Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart said, “The ability to rapidly replenish space capabilities will contribute to maintaining outer space as a peaceful resource available for the benefit of planet Earth. I am excited that, with the creation of VOX Space, the incredible responsiveness and affordability of LauncherOne is now available to the national security market.  Under Mandy’s excellent leadership, VOX Space brings a critical service to a very important segment of the market.”

 

“We are honored and excited to provide the capabilities of Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne to STP, and the Department of Defense, facilitated by DIUx,” said Mandy Vaughn, President of VOX Space, which serves as the gateway for Virgin Orbit’s national security space activities. “LauncherOne’s high-rate manufacturing capability and air-launched operations have already brought some very attractive service benefits to the commercial community, and with this contract our servicemen and women can now begin to experience those same benefits. We are looking forward to demonstrating a new and better way to do space launch and appreciate the innovation and creativity being demonstrated by the Department of Defense.”

 

MEDIA INQUIRES:

William Pomerantz, [email protected]

 

ABOUT VIRGIN ORBIT

Virgin Orbit provides dedicated, responsive, and affordable launch services for small satellites. Virgin Orbit is developing LauncherOne, a flexible launch service for commercial and government-built satellites. LauncherOne rockets are designed and manufactured in Long Beach, California, and will be air-launched from a dedicated 747-400 carrier aircraft capable of operating from many locations in order to best serve each customer’s needs. Virgin Orbit’s systems are currently in an advanced stage of testing, with initial orbital launches expected soon. To learn more or to apply to join Virgin Orbit’s talented and growing team, visit virginorbit.com.

 

ABOUT VOX SPACE

VOX Space, LLC is a US-incorporated, wholly-owned subsidiary of Virgin Orbit, LLC. VOX Space provides the national security community of the USA and allied nations with responsive, dedicated, and affordable launch services for small satellites bound for Low Earth Orbit. Led by President Mandy Vaughn and headquartered in Manhattan Beach, California, VOX Space can provide study, analysis, integration, and launch services using Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne, while ensuring our customers' critical information is protected. To learn more or to apply to join VOX Space’s talented and growing team, visit voxspace.com.

 

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #177 on: 11/16/2017 03:15 PM »
Woah! Big news for Virgin Orbit and VOX Space. Any information anywhere on the value of the award?

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #178 on: 11/21/2017 03:22 AM »
Woah! Big news for Virgin Orbit and VOX Space. Any information anywhere on the value of the award?

$4.8M according to the source award notices for the small responsive launch bidder synopsis. https://govtribe.com/project/small-responsive-launch/activity

And perhaps $5.7M to Rocketlabs too: http://www.fbodaily.com/archive/2017/10-October/15-Oct-2017/FBO-04712944.htm
« Last Edit: 11/21/2017 03:25 AM by Peppe »

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