The Government has announced plans to fund the design and build of a community satellite for Cornwall.Kernow Sat 1 will be the first satellite designed, manufactured and launched in Cornwall – with the intention of it forming part of Virgin Orbit’s first UK launch next year from Spaceport Cornwall.In line with Spaceport Cornwall’s mission of championing the use of satellites for environmental monitoring, the satellite will bring together the community to problem solve issues around Cornwall’s marine health and its Blue Economy.The Government funding will be used for the research, design and build of CubeSat: Kernow Sat 1. The research will be undertaken by the University of Exeter who will be running a think tank with experts in the marine field to establish the exact data requirements to effectively research and implement activities surrounding the health of Cornwall’s coasts and associated economy.
The LauncherOne missions for Arqit will launch from Spaceport Cornwall:Virgin Orbit and Arqit Expand Launch Agreements [dated Dec. 22]QuoteArqit has contracted exclusively with Virgin Orbit for Arqit’s launch needs for up to 5 launches from Spaceport Cornwall beginning in 2023.
Arqit has contracted exclusively with Virgin Orbit for Arqit’s launch needs for up to 5 launches from Spaceport Cornwall beginning in 2023.
The mission, which Virgin calls "Above the Clouds," is the first of up to six LauncherOne satellite deployment fights planned this year. Four of the missions will be staged out of Mojave, California, and two are slated to take off from a Newquay Airport in Cornwall, England, this summer.
Virgin @VirginA historic moment for UK space history: @VirginOrbit is set to launch a satellite from Cornwall this summer: https://virg.in/4aR5 @SpaceCornwall
Virgin Orbit has announced an agreement with The Satellite Applications Catapult (The Catapult) to launch the latest satellite in The Catapult’s In-Orbit Demonstration (IOD) programme into space from the UK later this year.The satellite, called Amber-1, is a partnership between The Catapult and Horizon Technologies. Built by AAC Clyde Space in Scotland, it will be launched by Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne on its historic flight from Spaceport Cornwall this year – a mission that will mark the first-ever orbital launch from a UK spaceport.
Straight Up was Virgin Orbit’s second mission of the year after a launch in a January. The next launch, expected no sooner than September, will be the company’s first launch from the United Kingdom, flying out of Spaceport Cornwall. That launch is slated to be the first orbital launch by any vehicle from Great Britain.“The success of the Straight Up mission is another exciting milestone on our way to seeing the first satellite launch from U.K. soil,” said Matthew Archer, director of commercial spaceflight at the U.K. Space Agency, in a statement after observing the launch from Mojave. “We are working closely with Virgin Orbit and it was a privilege to be alongside our partners to witness another successful launch for the team.”
LONG BEACH, Calif. — June 28, 2022 — Virgin Orbit (Nasdaq: VORB) announces today that it will carry a joint mission between the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the United States’ National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in its historic flight out of Newquay Airport in Cornwall, England later this year. It will be the first rocket launch from British soil, and the first commercial launch from Western Europe.Virgin Orbit will send two satellites to Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) using the LauncherOne launch platform aboard Cosmic Girl, a modified Boeing 747 aircraft. The Prometheus 2 CubeSats will provide a test platform for monitoring radio signals including GPS and sophisticated imaging, expected to pave the way for a more collaborative and connected space communication system with our allies.
Next up: Spaceport CornwallVirgin Orbit is also rapidly expanding overseas and will launch its next mission from the United Kingdom. The flight will take place from Spaceport Cornwall, at Newquay Cornwall Airport. It will be the first rocket launch from British soil and the first commercial launch from Western Europe.The payload will consist of several commercial and research satellites, including the first Welsh-built satellite. The earth observation satellite was supplied by UK in-orbit manufacturing startup Space Forge. The payload will also include the Kingdom of Oman’s first-ever satellite and a joint mission from the US and UK consisting of two 6U CubeSats flying in tandem formation to measure the ionosphere and radiation environment from multiple vantage points.“We are honored to host this joint mission between the U.S. and U.K. Governments on the launch from Cornwall,” said Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart of the announcement. “This demonstration, chosen to fly on the United Kingdom’s first space launch from its territory, exhibits the powerful value of collaboration between our two countries and their mutual commitment to delivering the full value of space access for all.”
Jeff Foust @jeff_foustA couple other notes from the launch session at #smallsat:- Moog says its SL-OMV tug is on track for launch in 1st quarter of 2023 on ABL’s RS1 from SaxaVord on the UK Pathfinder launch.
Skyrora completes second stage test. The United Kingdom-based launch company announced Thursday the completion of a static fire test of the second stage of its Skyrora XL orbital rocket. Completing the test brings Skyrora closer to entering commercial operations, with the rocket's inaugural orbital launch scheduled for 2023 from the Saxa Vord Space Centre in northern Scotland. The 20-second test burn of a single 70 kN liquid engine operated within design margins and achieved the expected thrust, the company said.Quick setup ... The three-stage XL launch vehicle is a small rocket, with a lift capacity of about 300 kg to low-Earth orbit, and is of modular design so that it can be easily transported to the launch site. Skyrora previously tested the third stage of its XL launch vehicle in December 2020. The first stage of Skyrora XL is currently in construction, with hot-fire tests due to take place in mid-2023. "Our Skyrora team went from clean tarmac to a full static fire test in just 2.5 days," said the company's chief operating officer, Lee Rosen. (submitted by Ken the Bin)
UK PathfinderLaunch TimeNET January, 2023...Mission DetailsFirst ABL launch from the UK in collaboration with Lockheed Martin and SaxaVord UK Spaceport, the mission plans to put six CubeSats into orbit.Payloads: 6Low Earth OrbitLocationSaxaVord Spaceport, Shetland Space Centre, United Kingdom
StatusPrometheus 2 & OthersLaunch TimeNET October, 2022RocketLauncherOne
Launch scheduled for NET 29 October:Spaceport Cornwall expecting first launch within weeks [dated Sept. 23]QuoteCornwall Council says it hopes that the first launch from Spaceport Cornwall could take place at the end of October. Virgin Orbit is set to be the first to launch from the new spaceport at Cornwall Airport Newquay.<snip>“There is a launch window that opens on October 29 and stays there for a number of weeks where we plan to do the launch. It remains to be the plan to do the launch in that window.
Cornwall Council says it hopes that the first launch from Spaceport Cornwall could take place at the end of October. Virgin Orbit is set to be the first to launch from the new spaceport at Cornwall Airport Newquay.<snip>“There is a launch window that opens on October 29 and stays there for a number of weeks where we plan to do the launch. It remains to be the plan to do the launch in that window.
Jonathan Amos @BBCAmos[email protected]’s first mission from UK 🇬🇧 soil will be known as “Start Me Up”. Dust off that Stones track for accompanying music. Preparations will pick up apace this week for what looks to be a November flight.
The British rocket company Skyrora's first attempt to get to space has ended shortly after lift-off with the booster ditching in the sea.The Edinburgh-headquartered company was aiming to get its Skylark L vehicle above 100km in a flight from the Langanes peninsula in Iceland.But a technical problem saw the 11m-long rocket fall back into waters no more than 500m from the launch pad.Skyrora is aiming to start orbital launches from Scotland next year.These will occur at the Saxavord Spaceport being developed on Shetland. They'll use a much bigger vehicle, the Skyrora XL.Last weekend's Skylark L flight was intended as an early chance to test systems and procedures."While this launch attempt did not go entirely as we expected, it has nevertheless been a valuable learning opportunity - and a huge victory for this new relationship between Iceland and the UK, as well as the European space sector more broadly," said Volodymyr Levykin, the founder and CEO of Skyrora."Based on what we have achieved here, we remain confident of achieving our objective of a full vertical orbital launch from UK soil in 2023."Skyrora is taking a stepwise approach to getting into space. To date, it had flown only small supersonic vehicles inside the atmosphere, to under 30km in altitude.The Skylark L mission was an initial attempt to get above the Karman Line, the internationally recognised boundary where aeronautics gives way to astronautics.Skylark L is a kerosene and hydrogen peroxide-fuelled "sounding rocket". It is designed to give scientific payloads a few minutes of weightlessness in which to conduct experiments. The rocket is not built to go high enough and fast enough to stay up, and is therefore described as sub-orbital.The payloads on the forthcoming Skyrora XL, however, would be aimed at orbital altitudes. The 3D-printed engines for this 23m vehicle have been undergoing static fire tests, and the company is determined to conduct a debut mission in 2023.Scotland has been chosen as the location for "vertical" rocket flights in the UK."Horizontal" rocketry is about to begin in Cornwall. Entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit company is expected to fly a maiden mission out of Newquay next month.Virgin sends its rockets to space from under the wing of a converted 747 passenger plane.
The launch service was acquired by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) from Virgin Orbit National Systems, a Virgin Orbit U.S. subsidiary serving classified customers, as the first task order on NRO’s Streamlined Launch Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity Contract or “SLIC.” Start Me Up manifest includes: IOD-3 AMBER (aka IOD-3) – Developed by Satellite Applications Catapult (“SA Catapult”) and Horizon Technologies and built by AAC Clyde Space, all based in the U.K. IOD-3 Amber is expected to be the first of more than 20 Amber satellites to provide space-based Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) data to users. Prometheus-2 – Two cubesats owned by the U.K. Ministry of Defense’s (MOD) Defense Science & Technology Laboratory Dstl. These satellites, co-funded with Airbus Defence and Space who are designing them jointly with In-Space Missions, will support MOD science and technology (S&T) activities both in orbit and on the ground through the development of ground systems focused at Dstl’s site near Portsmouth. CIRCE (Coordinated Ionospheric Reconstruction CubeSat Experiment) – CIRCE is part of a joint mission between the U.K.’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). DOVER – Developed by RHEA Group in the UK, it is the company’s first satellite in its 30-year history. The satellite is being co-funded through the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Navigation Program (NAVISP) and built by Open Cosmos of the United Kingdom. DOVER is a SmallSat that was created as a pathfinder for resilient global navigation satellite systems. ForgeStar-0 – Developed by Space Forge of Wales, the satellite is a fully returnable and reusable platform to enable in-space manufacturing. This launch will be the first for the company’s ForgeStar platform and will test future returns from space technology. AMAN – Oman’s first orbital mission, it is a single earth observation satellite meant to demonstrate the future feasibility of a larger constellation and was developed after a memorandum of understanding among the Sultanate of Oman, Polish Small Satellite manufacturer and operator SatRev, Poland-originated AI data analytics specialists TUATARA, and Omani-based merging technology innovator ETCO. The agreement includes additional planned small satellites, including this, the first in Oman’s history. STORK-6 – Stork-6 is the next installment of Polish Small Satellite manufacturer and operator SatRev’s STORK constellation. Virgin Orbit previously launched two spacecraft in this constellation on a previous launch and looks forward to continuing to launch SatRev’s STORK spacecraft in the future.
November 8, 2022WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit acknowledged it has taken longer than planned to get approvals for its first launch from the United Kingdom but still expects to conduct the mission before the end of the year....The mission is now scheduled for launch as soon as later this month, but Virgin Orbit is still awaiting a CAA launch license and Spaceport Cornwall also has pending a spaceport license from the agency. Hart, in the call, did not estimate when he expected the CAA to issue the licenses.
NextSpaceFlight, updated November 29:NET December