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Discussion thread for the upcoming launch of Virgin Orbit with its LauncherOne Launcher
Mission Name: STRAIGHT UP (STP-S28A)
Launch Date: 02 July 2022
Launch Window: 05:00 UTC - 09:00 UTC
Launch Time: 05:20 UTC
https://twitter.com/VirginOrbit/status/1523693305539686401
« Last Edit: 07/02/2022 06:10 am by Galactic Penguin SST »
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Re: LauncherOne - STRAIGHT UP - May 29, 2022
« Reply #1 on: 05/09/2022 04:05 pm »

Press Relase:
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LONG BEACH, CA — MAY 09, 2022 — Virgin Orbit (Nasdaq: VORB) has entered flight preparation mode for its forthcoming launch, Straight Up, that will support the United States Space Force’s STP-28A mission. After departing Virgin Orbit’s Long Beach rocket factory on Thursday, April 28, 2022, the rocket arrived at the Mojave Air and Space Port. It will support the Rocket Systems Launch Program (RSLP) and will carry payloads for the Department of Defense (DoD) Space Test Program (STP).
Integration testing with airplane and ground equipment will take place followed by a full launch rehearsal and final mating to the customized 747 that serves as Virgin Orbit’s flying and fully re-usable launch pad and mobile mission control room.   Launch is expected no earlier than June 29. The launch window is projected to open at 8 pm local time, representing the first night mission for the responsive launch company. The target orbit is approximately 500km above the Earth’s surface at 45 degrees inclination – an orbit that no other system has reached from the West Coast. 
Playing a key role in the Straight Up launch will be the Virgin Orbit National Systems team, which has developed and provided services to the national security community, focused on defense and the protection of the United States and its allies through Virgin Orbit’s responsive space capabilities. To date, Virgin Orbit has launched three successful back-to-back launches, including eight DoD Science & Technology demonstrations across two flights. 
The launch name, Straight Up, is inspired by American singer Paula Abdul’s breakthrough song Straight Up from her debut studio album Forever Your Girl. Released through Virgin Records on June 21,1988, it was the most successful debut album ever at the time of its release. The iconic dance-pop tune has remained Abdul’s biggest international hit to date. 
“Virgin Orbit has been rising ‘straight up’ since we began commercial launch operations 18 months ago,” said Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart.  “More and more, we are seeing the importance of space to the security of the U.S. and allied countries.  We are honored and committed to supporting the Space Force at this critical time.”
Mark Baird, President of the newly renamed Virgin Orbit National Systems (formerly VOX Space) added, “We believe this launch will demonstrate the significant maturation and operationalization of a unique capability. I’m excited to see Straight Up, wheels up.”

Mission Manifest:
- U.S. Space Force has procured this launch for the Rocket Systems Launch Program (RSLP), with payloads provided by the DoD Space Test Program (STP).
- The launch will carry seven satellites from multiple government agencies that are experiments intended to demonstrate novel modular satellite bus, space domain awareness, and adaptive radio frequency technologies.
- The Straight Up launch will support the United States Space Force’s STP-28A mission. The contract to launch STP-28A was awarded to Virgin Orbit National Systems on April 2020 by the United States Space Force. 
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Re: LauncherOne - Straight Up - NET June 29, 2022
« Reply #3 on: 05/26/2022 02:45 pm »
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Re: LauncherOne - Straight Up - NET June 29, 2022
« Reply #4 on: 06/02/2022 04:56 pm »
From this week's USCG District 11 weekly Local Notice to Mariners.  Dates and times are PDT (UTC-07:00).

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-OFFSHORE CALIFORNIA-HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS
Virgin Orbit will be launching a two stage rocket from offshore Channel Islands, CA, on 29 June, 2022, between 10:00pm until 2:00am, with a backup dates of 30 June and 01 July, 2022. Due to the potential for falling debris the Coast Guard is issuing an advisory encompassing all navigable waters from the surface to the seafloor within the following coordinates:
Northern Area:
32-50-26N 121-27-24W
33-00-46N 121-08-27W
32-30-03N 120-39-50W
32-16-58N 120-15-44W
29-28-01N 117-59-25W
29-14-44N 118-21-01W
31-54-25N 120-49-15W
32-17-37N 120-58-41W
Southern Area:
23-35-23N 114-40-28W
24-17-01N 113-28-48W
22-40-26N 111-55-10W
21-05-18N 111-08-19W
20-15-31N 112-09-40W
21-37-00N 113-41-00W
Advisory of the zone will be advertised via Broadcast Notice to Mariners. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. For more details or comments contact Collin Corey at 661-754-4371.

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Re: LauncherOne - Straight Up - 05:00 UTC June 29, 2022
« Reply #5 on: 06/09/2022 01:06 pm »
NextSpaceFlight indicates that the launch will be at 05:00 UTC [June 30]
« Last Edit: 06/11/2022 08:04 pm by zubenelgenubi »
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NextSpaceFlight indicates that the launch will be at 05:00 UTC

Referring to this notice:
From this week's USCG District 11 weekly Local Notice to Mariners.  Dates and times are PDT (UTC-07:00).

Quote from: USCG
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-OFFSHORE CALIFORNIA-HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS
Virgin Orbit will be launching a two stage rocket from offshore Channel Islands, CA, on 29 June, 2022, between 10:00pm until 2:00am, with a backup dates of 30 June and 01 July, 2022. Due to the potential for falling debris the Coast Guard is issuing an advisory encompassing all navigable waters from the surface to the seafloor within the following coordinates:
Northern Area:
32-50-26N 121-27-24W
33-00-46N 121-08-27W
32-30-03N 120-39-50W
32-16-58N 120-15-44W
29-28-01N 117-59-25W
29-14-44N 118-21-01W
31-54-25N 120-49-15W
32-17-37N 120-58-41W
Southern Area:
23-35-23N 114-40-28W
24-17-01N 113-28-48W
22-40-26N 111-55-10W
21-05-18N 111-08-19W
20-15-31N 112-09-40W
21-37-00N 113-41-00W
Advisory of the zone will be advertised via Broadcast Notice to Mariners. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. For more details or comments contact Collin Corey at 661-754-4371.
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Re: LauncherOne - Straight Up - 30 June 2022 (05:00 UTC)
« Reply #7 on: 06/22/2022 03:56 pm »
https://twitter.com/LASPatCU/status/1539633880398934017

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Re: LauncherOne - Straight Up - 30 June 2022 (05:00 UTC)
« Reply #8 on: 06/25/2022 12:57 am »
NGA notice.

Quote from: NGA
250019Z JUN 22
NAVAREA XII 413/22(18,21).
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
   300500Z TO 300900Z JUN, ALTERNATE
   0500Z TO 0900Z DAILY 01 AND 02 JUL
   IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 32-49.55N 121-27.83W, 32-17.95N 120-59.05W,
      31-53.47N 120-50.21W, 30-29.20N 119-24.23W,
      30-43.87N 118-59.75W, 32-19.49N 120-16.11W,
      32-30.38N 120-39.89W, 33-01.84N 121-09.69W.
   B. 23-35.40N 114-40.47W, 24-17.03N 113-28.81W,
      22-40.44N 111-55.17W, 21-05.31N 111-08.33W,
      20-15.52N 112-09.67W, 21-37.01N 113-41.01W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 021000Z JUL 22.

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Re: LauncherOne - Straight Up - 30 June 2022 (05:00 UTC)
« Reply #9 on: 06/25/2022 12:58 am »
In 2015, we adopted a former passenger airliner Boeing 747 from @VirginAtlantic and named her Cosmic Girl. After a BIG makeover, she is now able to launch our rockets from under her left wing into any Earth orbit.

https://twitter.com/VirginOrbit/status/1540409047567982592

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Re: LauncherOne - Straight Up - 30 June 2022 (05:00 UTC)
« Reply #10 on: 06/25/2022 12:59 am »
Now that you’re caught up, we’re inviting you to follow along with our upcoming Straight Up mission to see the action. It’ll be our first night launch! To learn the deets visit: https://virg.in/oYoX

https://twitter.com/VirginOrbit/status/1540409056967417858


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Re: LauncherOne - Straight Up - 30 June 2022 (05:00 UTC)
« Reply #12 on: 06/28/2022 07:01 am »
"Payload: Slingshot 1 🛰 This #CubeSat will advance on-orbit experiments using modular & autonomous technologies on next-gen satellite systems with SatCat5, a data interface which implements Ethernet-type communication between payloads using low power serial communications."

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Re: LauncherOne - Straight Up - 30 June 2022 (05:00 UTC)
« Reply #13 on: 06/28/2022 05:53 pm »
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Re: LauncherOne - Straight Up - 30 June 2022 (05:00 UTC)
« Reply #14 on: 06/28/2022 08:01 pm »
Two CubeSats Set to Launch on ELaNa 39 Mission

Danielle Sempsrott Posted on June 28, 2022

Two small NASA-sponsored research satellites, or CubeSats, are preparing to launch on Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket as part of the agency’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) 39 mission. The rocket, attached to the underside of the company’s Cosmic Girl aircraft, will be air launched when the 747-aircraft reaches its specified altitude over the Pacific Ocean. Takeoff is currently scheduled for June 29, 2022, from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

Once LauncherOne is released from Cosmic Girl, the rocket’s NewtonThree first stage engine will ignite to start the launch sequence that will send the CubeSats into low-Earth orbit.

The two satellites comprising ELaNa 39 are NASA Langley Research Center’s GPX2 and the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Compact Total Irradiance Monitor-Flight Demonstration, or CTIM-FD. They were selected through NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) – a NASA effort to provide U.S. educational institutions, informal educational institutions such as museums and science centers, nonprofits with an education/outreach component, and NASA centers with low-cost access to space.

Langley’s GPX2 will use commercial-off-the-shelf differential global positioning systems to demonstrate autonomous, close-proximity operations for small satellites in orbit, such as flying in formation or docking. If successful, this could help reduce costs and greatly simplify in-orbit operations.

CTIM-FD will spend one year in orbit, measuring total solar irradiance (TSI) – data that describes the amount of incident solar radiation that reaches the Earth from the Sun. These levels impact local weather conditions as well as global climate change. The flight demonstration will show whether small satellites are as effective at measuring TSI as the larger, space-based remote sensors in use currently.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/smallsatellites/2022/06/28/two-cubesats-set-to-launch-on-elana-39-mission/


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Re: LauncherOne - Straight Up - 30 June 2022 (05:00 UTC)
« Reply #16 on: 06/29/2022 04:27 am »
The following is a Space Systems Command news release issued June 27 28, 2022. The launch time has not been announced.
 
 
SPACE SYSTEMS COMMAND
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Space Systems Command and Virgin Orbit National Systems prepare for the upcoming Space Test Program launch
 
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Space Systems Command is preparing to air-launch the STP-S28A mission on June 29 to deliver seven payloads for the DoD Space Test Program off the Southern California coast to an orbit of 500 kilometers at a 45-degree inclination. These experimental payloads enable the development of a wide range of technologies supporting the future warfighter.
 
On-orbit demonstrations include a modular platform for supporting system development, Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) and Proximity Operations of SmallSats, next-generation Radio Frequency (RF) communications and data routing, and research in Earth sciences.
 
Virgin Orbit National Systems is set to deploy the payloads into orbit on its LauncherOne rocket, designed and manufactured in Long Beach, California. They will be air-launched from Virgin Orbit’s 747-400 carrier aircraft, dubbed “Cosmic Girl”, after taking off from Mojave Air and Space Port and flying a prescribed aerial “racetrack” course over the Pacific Ocean.
 
STP-S28A is managed by the DoD Space Test Program which delivers experimental demonstrations of new capabilities and expedient space access solutions for research and development experiments. SSC’s Space Domain Awareness & Combat Power, Innovation and Prototyping Delta at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, administers the DoD STP. Space Systems Command procured this launch through the Rocket Systems Launch Program (RSLP).
 
“We are excited to partner with Virgin Orbit National Systems for the launch of the STP-S28A mission for the DoD Space Test Program,” said Lt. Col. Justin Beltz, chief of Space Systems Command’s Small Launch and Targets division. “RSLP and STP have a long history of working together to support Department of Defense science & technology efforts. The entire team has worked tirelessly to prepare for this upcoming launch, and we look forward to getting the Space Test Program’s payloads where they need to be on-orbit.”
 
Space Systems Command, headquartered at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California, is the U.S. Space Force field command responsible for rapidly developing, acquiring, equipping, fielding, and sustaining lethal and resilient space capabilities. SSC mission capability areas include launch acquisition and operations, communications and positioning, navigation and timing (PNT), space sensing, battle management command, control and communications (BMC3), and space domain awareness & combat power.

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Re: LauncherOne - Straight Up - 30 June 2022 (05:00 UTC)
« Reply #17 on: 06/29/2022 10:53 am »
Orbital Launch no. 75 of 2022

Straight Up | Virgin Orbit | June 30 | 0100 ET

@VirginOrbit's #StraightUp mission will carry 7 small🛰️ to LEO, launched via #LauncherOne from #Boeing747 #CosmicGirl in mid-air.

https://twitter.com/SpaceIntellige3/status/1542080162992459778

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Re: LauncherOne - Straight Up - 30 June 2022 (05:00 UTC)
« Reply #18 on: 06/29/2022 02:06 pm »
Has anyone found any information on the MISR-B satellite besides this tweet?

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Re: LauncherOne - Straight Up - 30 June 2022 (05:00 UTC)
« Reply #19 on: 06/29/2022 02:31 pm »
Virgin Orbit says it’s ready for a nighttime launch for the U.S. Space Force as it attempts to get into a more frequent rhythm of building and launching vehicles.

https://twitter.com/SpaceNews_Inc/status/1542132787263725571

 

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