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Discussion thread for Virgin Orbit's first launch with its LauncherOne launcher from the UK.
Mission Name: Prometheus 2 & Others (waiting for the name VirginOrbit)
Date: Summer 2022
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The U.S. National Reconnaissance Office and the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense will launch a joint mission this summer on Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket, U.K. defense procurement minister Jeremy Quin announced May 10.

The launch from Spaceport Cornwall — located at Newquay Airport in Cornwall, England — will be the first commercial rocket to lift off from the U.K. and from Western Europe. Virgin Orbit will fly nine payloads to orbit using the LauncherOne small launch platform deployed from a modified Boeing 747 aircraft.

This mission will fly government and commercial payloads, including two U.K. MOD Prometheus 2 cubesats carrying pathfinder experiments in support of the U.K. Minerva constellation for future space-based intelligence and surveillance. Prometheus 2 is a collaboration between the U.K. Ministry of Defense and international partners, including the NRO.
More Details: https://spacenews.com/national-reconnaissance-office-to-launch-mission-on-virgin-orbit-rocket-from-u-k-spaceport/
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Government to fund Cornish satellite [dated Jun. 10]

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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.

Virgin Orbit to launch maritime data satellite from the UK [dated Apr. 6]

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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.

And two more:

Virgin Orbit to launch Oman’s first mission to deep space [dated Jan. 27]

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Virgin Orbit has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Sultanate of Oman, SatRevolution, TUATARA and ETCO to collaborate on Oman’s first mission to deep space, in addition to an earlier agreement to deliver small satellites to Low Earth Orbit, including the first in Oman’s history.

As part of the historic deep space mission, Virgin Orbit will launch a satellite designed by SatRevolution, sending it to deep space to conduct cutting-edge scientific research and capture high-resolution images.

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The first ever Omani satellite, manufactured by SatRevolution, will be launched on Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne in the first ever launch from the UK out of Spaceport Cornwall this year. This sets the foundation for allowing previously non-space faring nations the ability to launch satellites from their own soil, which is a key element of the Oman strategy for space.

Virgin Orbit to launch first Welsh satellite from Spaceport Cornwall [dated Mar. 9]

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Virgin Orbit has announced an agreement with tech start-up Space Forge to launch the first satellite developed in Wales into space in summer 2022.

In a historic moment for UK space, the satellite will be launched as part of a joint UK-US mission to open the country’s first domestic spaceport in summer 2022 from Spaceport Cornwall in Newquay.

Recently, Space Forge announced it is developing a world-first service with its partners, which will incorporate both the launch and return of a new small class of vehicle – the ForgeStar – that can be deployed from conventional launchers to provide rapid, reliable and reusable in-space infrastructure. This inaugural mission will see Space Forge’s ForgeStar-0 platform launched for the first time and will test the new return from space technology.

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https://www.gov.uk/government/news/first-uk-satellite-launch-in-summer-2022

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First UK satellite launch in summer 2022
As part of a three-year mission two satellites will operate close to Earth experimenting and test imaging and interoperability.

From:
Ministry of Defence, UK Space Agency, and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
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10 May 2022

The first satellite launch from the UK will take place this summer as Prometheus-2 takes off from Spaceport Cornwall in Newquay, the Defence Procurement Minister, Jeremy Quin has announced today.

Built by In-Space Missions Ltd, based in Hampshire, and designed with Airbus Defence and Space, Prometheus-2 is a collaboration between the UK Ministry of Defence and international partners, including the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

Two shoebox-sized satellites, ‘Cubesats’, will provide a test platform for monitoring radio signals including GPS and sophisticated imaging, paving the way for a more collaborative and connected space communication system with our allies.

This space mission will allow MOD to better understand how the UK and its international partners can work together to create a more capable and flexible system at a lower cost than could be achieved alone. The technology on board the satellites will enable MOD to identify new techniques and algorithms for operating satellites and data processing.

Defence Procurement Minister, Jeremy Quin said:
Space technology is crucial for developing Defence capabilities and the launch of Prometheus-2 represents another important step forward for our homegrown space programme.

This collaboration with In-Space Missions and Airbus paves the way for the UK to become a more resilient, more robust and more significant global space entity.

Deputy CEO at the UK Space Agency, Ian Annett, said:
We are putting the UK at the forefront of small satellite launch, providing world-leading capability for commercial customers and governments within a global market, opening new opportunities and inspiring the current and next generation of British space scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.

These satellites showcase the UK’s strengths in designing and building satellites. Being able to launch from the UK and across Europe for the first time will boost our satellite industry further, create high skilled jobs across the country and deliver a key ambition of the National Space Strategy.

NRO Director Dr. Chris Scolose said:
We are thrilled to be part of another trailblazing endeavour with the first-ever launch of a commercial rocket from Western Europe.

It’s an honour to join the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence in announcing this historic enterprise. We look forward to this remarkable achievement as the foundation of an even stronger collaboration between our nations.

The Cubesats will each have separate equipment on-board to test novel concepts as a pathfinder in support of the Minerva constellation for future space-based intelligence and surveillance.

Director Space at MOD, Air Vice Marshal Harv Smyth said:
This is a great example of the power of international collaboration – a key tenet of our Defence Space Strategy. Prometheus 2 will deliver immense value to the UK MOD’s future space programme and, thanks to our partners in the National Reconnaissance Office, this highly-capable satellite will launch from UK soil this summer.

I am hugely proud of what we have achieved together and this is just the beginning.

Dstl’s Chief Executive, Paul Hollinshead said:
The Prometheus-2 mission, with the first ever directly owned Dstl satellites, exemplifies the decades-long collaborative relationship with our international allies, and shows how we can best partner with industry. It will achieve critical R&D outcomes and help increase our pool of qualified space personnel to help grow the UK’s capability to deliver space systems in the future.

The Cubesats will be carried on Virgin Orbit’s Launcher One rocket which takes off horizontally from a modified Boeing 747 jet, named Cosmic Girl. They will operate in low Earth Orbit, around 550km above the Earth and 50-100km apart at 17,000mph.

Cubesat 1 – includes a hyperspectral imager, a laser detector and a GPS receiver. The hyperspectral imager will capture multiple slivers of pictures over different wavelengths of light for higher definition images. The GPS receiver confirms the precise time and position of the satellite over the area of the Earth to be photographed.

Cubesat 2 – includes two optical imaging cameras, a laser range finder, and a GPS receiver. One camera will be fitted with a wide-angle lens for a 180-degree view of Earth’s surface with the second camera observing the other Cubesat 1 to support space situational awareness and enables us to understand what else orbits the Earth.

These satellites will support MOD’s science and technology activities both in orbit and on the ground, through continued development of Dstl’s Hermes ground-station based in Portsmouth, and enabling improved coordination and collaboration with our international partners.
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Typical UK government double speak. Not technically a lie, but I doubt anyone considers the middle of the ocean the UK. Note that this minor detail of course goes completely unmentioned in that statement. They could just as well have taken off from Florida or California or Hawaii or wherever. I assume it makes business sense to stage this from the UK in terms of publicity/free advertising (and probably getting a healthy sum from the government), but calling this a UK launch is mildly ridiculous. Doubleplusungood. Saxaford or Sutherland will soon be able to claim the first UK space launch for real.

Having said that, the Forgestar returnable platform is interesting.

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Typical UK government double speak. Not technically a lie, but I doubt anyone considers the middle of the ocean the UK. Note that this minor detail of course goes completely unmentioned in that statement. They could just as well have taken off from Florida or California or Hawaii or wherever. I assume it makes business sense to stage this from the UK in terms of publicity/free advertising (and probably getting a healthy sum from the government), but calling this a UK launch is mildly ridiculous. Doubleplusungood. Saxaford or Sutherland will soon be able to claim the first UK space launch for real.
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AIUI where the carrier aircraft for aerial launches stages from is consider to be the territory of the launch. Both the Stargrazer L-1011 and the Cosmic Girl 747 did their launches over open ocean.

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Typical UK government double speak. Not technically a lie, but I doubt anyone considers the middle of the ocean the UK. Note that this minor detail of course goes completely unmentioned in that statement. They could just as well have taken off from Florida or California or Hawaii or wherever. I assume it makes business sense to stage this from the UK in terms of publicity/free advertising (and probably getting a healthy sum from the government), but calling this a UK launch is mildly ridiculous. Doubleplusungood. Saxaford or Sutherland will soon be able to claim the first UK space launch for real.
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AIUI where the carrier aircraft for aerial launches stages from is consider to be the territory of the launch. Both the Stargrazer L-1011 and the Cosmic Girl 747 did their launches over open ocean.
Country of aircraft registration not place of ownership if both are different. Precedent taken from the system used for ships and so on.
Another case is Electron regarding New Zealand launches being classed as US launches because the FAA is prime and the NZ CAA is the secondary.
Sea-Launch is a more representative case for open ocean.
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NRL CIRCE Spacecraft to be Part of Historic U.K. Launch [dated Jun. 7]

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A joint U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)/ U.K. Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) experiment is preparing to measure Earth’s ionosphere and particle radiation environment as part of the Coordinated Ionospheric Reconstruction CubeSat Experiment (CIRCE) mission.
 
Space Systems Command is partnering with Virgin Orbit National Systems, a U.S.-incorporated, wholly-owned subsidiary to Virgin Orbit, to launch CIRCE. The satellites, which contain twin 6U CubeSats, will fly in a circular orbit at 555 km (344 miles) altitude in a lead/trail formation 300-500 km (186-310 miles) apart in the same orbit plane to measure Earth’s ionosphere and particle radiation environment.

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CIRCE is scheduled to launch during the United Kingdom’s first commercial space mission from Spaceport Cornwall located at Newquay Airport in Cornwall, England this summer.

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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.
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747 will take-off from Cornwall Airport, UK with LauncherOne in captive carry. Launcher One will be
dropped and launched in international waters south of Ireland. Details of captive carry phase and launch
trajectory are being coordinated with FAA Commercial Space Transportation Office (AST) and Civil
Aviation Authority, UK . Launch license to be provided by FAA-AST and CAA-UK.
Captive carry flight and orbital trajectory details will be provided to the NTIA, Ofcom UK and other
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Are we shipping video equipment to Chris B for his inaugural field reporter assignment near Spaceport Cornwall?

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https://www.gov.uk/government/news/countdown-to-launch-british-built-satellite-completes-line-up-for-first-launch-from-spaceport-cornwall

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Countdown to launch: British-built satellite completes line-up for first launch from Spaceport Cornwall
A research satellite from RHEA Group, built by Open Cosmos, completes the line-up of satellites set to launch from Spaceport Cornwall this year.

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Published
18 July 2022

Named ‘DOVER’, RHEA Group’s first satellite will fly into space on Virgin Orbit’s maiden UK launch, sharing a ride with five additional satellite missions, including the first ever satellite to be built in Wales.

Today’s announcement confirms the UK is on track to become the first country in Europe to launch satellites into space from home soil this year, a key ambition of the Government’s National Space Strategy.

A new research satellite from international engineering firm Rhea Group, built in Oxfordshire by space company Open Cosmos, will be launched from the UK later this year.

Virgin Orbit will launch the ‘DOVER’ pathfinder satellite from Spaceport Cornwall. The satellite will transmit an innovative new signal, specially designed by engineers at RHEA, to provide data from space that can be used on the ground to obtain a position or an accurate time. It will broadcast these new signals so that their performance can be tested as part of the research project.

This new satellite completes the line-up for the UK’s first launch, which also includes satellites from organisations such as Space Forge, the Satellite Applications Catapult and Horizon Technologies, as well as the Prometheus-2 research demonstration satellites. Prometheus-2 was co-funded and designed with Airbus Defence and Space and assembled by In-Space Missions, as part of a collaboration between the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and international partners, including the US National Reconnaissance Office.

The UK is poised to become the first country in Europe to launch satellites into orbit this year from home soil, a key ambition of the UK Government’s National Space Strategy. Spaceport Cornwall is at the heart of a growing aerospace and space cluster and will create 150 jobs in the local area.

The development of a commercial launch capability will give the UK access to the growing global launch market, delivering a further boost to the thriving space and satellite sector, which is already home to more than 47,000 jobs across the country and supports billions of pounds of wider economic activity.

Dr Paul Bate, CEO of the UK Space Agency, said:

The countdown is on to the first satellite launch from Spaceport Cornwall, with a full complement of satellites confirmed by Virgin Orbit for what promises to be a landmark moment for our thriving space sector.

It’s fantastic that RHEA Group’s DOVER satellite is joining the launch, which showcases both our domestic satellite manufacturing expertise and the international interest in the UK as a launch destination.

The ability to launch satellites from UK soil will support our work to catalyse investment into the space sector, deliver new capabilities and champion the incredible role of space to benefit life on Earth.

The ‘DOVER’ pathfinder satellite

RHEA Group’s Dover satellite, the company’s first, was co-funded by the UK Space Agency’s investment in the European Space Agency’s Navigation Innovation and Support Programme (NAVISP). It’s named after the Dover Strait, where the English Channel is narrowest and shipping lanes are busiest, as this is a key location for testing new techniques and technologies for Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT).

The satellite is a strong example of UK expertise in PNT technology, which underpins vast swathes of economic activity, as well as small satellite manufacturing, with Open Cosmos building the satellite at the Harwell Space Cluster, Oxfordshire.

Emma Jones, RHEA’s UK Business Director, said:

This is a momentous event for RHEA. This year we are celebrating our 30th anniversary and it is a great milestone to launch our first ever satellite in the same year. The UK is in the very desirable position of establishing a number of spaceports, and it is thrilling to have a RHEA satellite on board the first launch to take off from UK soil.

Florian Deconinck, Vice President of Institutional Partnerships & Future Missions at Open Cosmos, said:

DOVER is a great example of Open Cosmos’ ability to design, manufacture, launch and operate satellites in a responsive manner. The timescales for this future mission are impressively aggressive: 8 months from the moment of first contact with RHEA to getting an operating satellite in orbit. This is the result of a close partnership between Open Cosmos and RHEA, the very reactive support from UK Space Agency and ESA-NAVISP teams, and the possibility of delivering all the phases from a single location, the UK.

The launch

During the launch mission, a Virgin Orbit 747 will take off from the runway at Spaceport Cornwall, carrying a rocket beneath its wing. The plane will fly out over the ocean before blasting the rocket into space, delivering satellites into orbit around the Earth. In the cockpit will be Squadron Leader Mathew ‘Stanny’ Stannard, an RAF Test Pilot serving on industrial placement as one of Virgin Orbit’s pilots.

This will be the first satellite launch from UK soil and Virgin Orbit’s first mission outside the US. It follows the successful ‘Straight Up’ mission, that delivered seven satellites into space from Mojave in California on Saturday 2nd July.

Dan Hart, CEO of Virgin Orbit, said:

We’re very pleased to have been selected by RHEA Group to launch its first satellite. The DOVER satellite, which was designed in Belgium, built in the UK, funded by the European Space Agency, and now will be launched from Cornwall, is a great example of the power that comes with the infusion of space collaboration taking place across the globe.

The work RHEA will do with their DOVER satellite will help to assure reliable navigation, which touches all of us and can be vital for everything from environmentally-efficient shipping to national security.

Melissa Thorpe, Head of Spaceport Cornwall, said:

We’re thrilled to have ‘DOVER’ complete the line-up of satellites onboard Virgin Orbit’s first launch from Cornwall. Each payload highlights the innovation happening within the small satellite industry, and how it can benefit life on earth, while showcasing the growing collaboration between UK Space and international partners.

This is another great moment in the countdown to launch from Cornwall.

UK spaceflight programme

With funding first announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in 2018, the UK Space Agency is supporting the development of commercial and sustainable satellite launch operations across the UK, working with a range of partners including Spaceport Cornwall and Virgin Orbit, Space Hub Sutherland and Orbex, and SaxaVord Spaceport, Lockheed Martin and ABL Space Systems.

The space sector has shown remarkable resilience in the face of global challenges such as the pandemic, with more than 1,700 satellites launched worldwide in 2021 alone. These provide vital technologies used every day by people and businesses, including communications, Earth observation and navigation services.

The UK has world-leading expertise in satellite design, manufacturing, data and applications but, until now, has not been able to launch them from home soil.

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Talked with Virgin Orbit’s Dan Hart after the panel. No firm date yet for the LauncherOne mission from Spaceport Cornwall in England, but they are preparing to do launch rehearsals soon in Mojave, while continuing to work on the UK launch license.

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Launch scheduled for NET 29 October:

Spaceport Cornwall expecting first launch within weeks [dated Sept. 23]

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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.

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“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.

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https://spaceportcornwall.com/press-releases/countdown-to-cornwall-spaceport-cornwall-officially-open-for-business/

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Sep 30th, 2022

Countdown to Cornwall: Spaceport Cornwall Officially Open for Business


Spaceport Cornwall have officially opened the home of UK launch
The Space Systems Integration Facility is the first of its kind at a Spaceport in the UK
The facilities pave the way for Cornwall as the home of horizontal space launch in Europe


Spaceport Cornwall has officially opened their Space Systems Integration Facility, heralding a new era of capability within small satellite services.

The opening of this state-of-the-art building comes ahead of the first ever orbital UK launch and will be where the six satellite payloads will be integrated into Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket. 

This facility forms part of the ‘Centre for Space Technologies’ a nationally unique asset where the value of launch from Cornwall will realise its full potential. The Centre will comprise of two main facilities: the Space Systems Integration Facility, where satellites will be integrated into the fairing of the rocket; and the Space Systems Operation Facility, an adjacent R&D work and office space that will complete early 2023.

Key to Cornwall’s space cluster development and continued growth for cutting-edge practice within the region, and beyond, the Space Systems Integration Facility and wider infrastructure will serve as a catalyst to attract businesses from across the UK space sector and internationally.

This will also be the on-the-ground base for Spaceport Cornwall’s mission to take a global lead in responsible launch, working with academic parts University of Exeter, to achieve their ambition to be the first Spaceport globally to reach Net Zero.

The first satellites to be integrated within the facility are world leading payloads of technology, innovation and collaboration. The mission from Cornwall will see the first ever satellite launched by the Sultanate of Oman focused on Earth Observation; future-facing return satellite tech aboard Wales’ first satellite, built by Space Forge; a Maritime monitoring payload built by Horizon Technologies and the Satellite Applications Catapult; as well satellites from the MOD, DSTL and US National Reconnaissance Office.

Melissa Thorpe, Head of Spaceport Cornwall: “The opening of the Space Systems Integration Facility is one of the final milestones towards reaching space from the UK. From breaking ground only 14 months ago, to having a world-class space facility completed ahead of launch, the pace of delivery is an incredible achievement for my team and contractors that made it happen. Cornwall now has a home for launch, where satellite technology can innovate to help us solve some of today’s most complex problems on Earth. This is where the real value to Cornwall, and the UK, will come from and we will take a global lead in using space for good.

Matt Archer, Director of Commercial Spaceflight at the UK Space Agency, said: “This is another major step in the development of Spaceport Cornwall and a boost to the growing space cluster, ahead of first launch later this year. Developing the UK’s launch capability is a key priority, not just to create commercial opportunities and increase our spaceflight expertise, but to generate diverse job opportunities across the country, which this excellent new facility will do in Cornwall.”

Linda Taylor, Council Leader, Cornwall Council: “We are thrilled that Cornwall is now home to this nationally unique asset. The Space Systems Integration facility will be a hub for innovation within our region and we look forward to welcoming new businesses that will continue to grow our economy and place Cornwall at the forefront of the UK space industry.”

The £5.6M innovative space has been jointly-funded by Cornwall Council, the European Regional Development Fund and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, through the Government’s ‘Getting Building’ Fund. Accelerating UK Space and growing Cornwall’s economy Spaceport Cornwall, with the Centre for Space Technologies, will deliver 150 direct jobs and £200M GVA.

The Space Systems Integration Facility has a large scale printed artwork by Newquay artist Gemma Lessinger, who repurposes beach plastics, upcycles broken surfboards and skate decks and turns them into canvases. Gemma’s artwork reflects Spaceport Cornwall’s ethos of responsibility to our planet and showcases the unique Cornish landscape that will be the focal point of R&D through satellite applications, like the Kernow Sat-1 project, that will be launched from Cornwall.
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https://investors.virginorbit.com/news-events/press-releases/detail/53/virgin-orbits-next-rocket-ready-for-cornwall

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VIRGIN ORBIT’S NEXT ROCKET READY FOR CORNWALL

OCTOBER 05, 2022 4:00AM EDT

MOJAVE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Virgin Orbit (Nasdaq: VORB), a leading responsive launch provider, announced today that its latest rocket has completed a full launch rehearsal and is now ready for flight. The window for the company’s next launch, planned to be the first orbital space launch from the U.K., will be determined by the launch permitting regulatory process.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20221005005294/en/

This rehearsal marked the final major acceptance test of the rocket prior to mating to its carrier aircraft – an upcycled Boeing 747 dubbed “Cosmic Girl”– and beginning pre-launch operations. Meanwhile, integration of customer satellites into the rocket’s fairing is expected to begin this week in the newly inaugurated Space Systems Integration Facility (SSIF) at Spaceport Cornwall.

With its newest rocket to date, Virgin Orbit looks to build on an unblemished track record of successful operational orbital launches. To date, the company has delivered each of the thirty-three satellites it has carried precisely to its desired orbit. In doing so, Virgin Orbit’s air-launched system has illustrated the robustness of its system by proving its ability to fly through and above inclement weather, integrate rapid-call up payloads, and reach a broader range of orbits than would be possible from a traditional ground-launched system. Those proven capabilities are vital to the exciting, emerging markets in responsive and international launch.

The company’s most recent rocket completed its full wet dress rehearsal on October 2, three months after the successful launch of its Straight Up mission. This reduction of nearly half of the time required between the company’s previous missions, along with a significant decrease in the cost of manufacturing, continues the trend of the company’s rapid evolution into a higher operational cadence.

As an air-launched system, Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne can turn nearly any airport into a spaceport. This capability creates a new level of mobility for satellite launch, thereby enabling sovereign launch capability in new markets. The launch from the Cornwall spaceport will demonstrate Virgin Orbit’s ability to enable virtually any country to become a space faring nation.

Once manufactured, integrated, and tested, a LauncherOne rocket can be sent off to any of a variety of locations for final preparation and launch, responding to the needs of the commercial, civil, and national security space communities.

In addition to the rapidly approaching mission that will bring orbital launch to the United Kingdom for the first time, Virgin Orbit has announced collaborative efforts to bring its unique air launch system to the nations of Australia, Brazil, Japan, Poland, and the Republic of Korea.

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Cosmic Girl carries Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket across the California sky. (Photo: Business Wire)

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https://investors.virginorbit.com/news-events/press-releases/detail/53/virgin-orbits-next-rocket-ready-for-cornwall

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With its newest rocket to date, Virgin Orbit looks to build on an unblemished track record of successful operational orbital launches. To date, the company has delivered each of the thirty-three satellites it has carried precisely to its desired orbit.


The marketing department of Virgin Orbit seems to ignore the maiden launch, which failed. I am pretty sure, that the Starshine-4 satellite was not "carried precisely to its desired orbit."
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In an IPO-Edge webinar this afternoon, Virgin Orbit’s Dan Hart says they are still working with the UK’s CAA for a launch license for their mission from Spaceport Cornwall. Will be releasing a target launch date in the next several days.

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Hart adds that the company’s plan remains doing four launches this year (two completed so far), but the focus now is getting through the UK launch. After that, will see if the company can get a fourth launch in this year.
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Omani satellite is called Aman.

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On Tuesday, 4th October, the first Omani satellite, Aman, was successfully prepared for its launch into the Low Earth Orbit, at Newquay, Cornwall, in the UK.

Source : https://spaceref.com/uncategorized/omans-first-satellite-set-for-orbit/

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[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.

Same music also famously used for the ‘Start’ menu introduced in Windows 95 …

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Indeed; mentioned it in an article several days ago. The mission patch was briefly shown in a workshop presentation last month. spacenews.com/virgin-orbit-a… twitter.com/BBCAmos/status…
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