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Offline CameronD

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #300 on: 09/17/2018 12:09 AM »
Does anyone know if Launcher One might have a tailcone fairing enclosing the exhaust nozzle bell for aerodynamic drag reduction? Like the AGM-48 Skybolt and the AGM-69 SRAM missiles.

There is no tailcone fairing.

..although those are simply artists impressions (the pic quoted being a particularly poor example of the use of photoshop) for PR purposes so we're unlikely to know for real until they commence test flights.
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With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #301 on: 09/21/2018 07:32 PM »
At the AIAA conference this week, John Fuller of VO said the stage 1 test article is already in Mohave.  It will be mounted & flown "in the coming weeks". 

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #302 on: 09/22/2018 04:52 PM »
https://twitter.com/AMP_SoCal/status/1040681629746749440?s=09


The post shows Virgin's dual turbo pump arrangement and engine on the test stand. Also you see the throat section of their high expansion thrust chamber.

And you can make some inferences about their design too
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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #303 on: 09/22/2018 06:21 PM »
https://twitter.com/AMP_SoCal/status/1040681629746749440?s=09


The post shows Virgin's dual turbo pump arrangement and engine on the test stand. Also you see the throat section of their high expansion thrust chamber.

And you can make some inferences about their design too

There are also higher resolution versions on their gallery page: https://virginorbit.com/gallery/
I tried it at home

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #304 on: 09/28/2018 10:49 PM »
A new highlight video was released:




There are some nice details hiding in the backgrounds, including the slow-motion Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man.

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #305 on: 10/10/2018 03:37 AM »
I got the opportunity to tour the factory yesterday, and it's even more impressive up close (of course, no pictures allowed).  They're in the later (but crucial!) stages of a very thorough testing regime, including the captive carry testing to come.  They're definitely running hardware-rich, and know how to use that to their advantage.  They also have a good idea of how they want to operate as the vehicle matures, with focuses on both launch cadence and flexibility.

The place definitely gives off a newspace vibe.  You couldn't mistake it for anything from the previous decade.  The layout is ergonomic, the atmosphere is comfortable, and the tooling is very nifty.

I'm looking forward to what they have to offer - should be some very exciting times!
All aboard the HSF hype train!  Choo Choo!

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #306 on: 10/12/2018 01:30 PM »
Richard Branson has posted a blog entry on the Virgin Group website announcing withdrawing from participation in projects in Saudi Arabia, including negotiations for investment in Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit, in the aftermath of the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Turkey.

https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/my-statement-kingdom-saudi-arabia

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #307 on: 10/12/2018 10:46 PM »
Richard Branson has posted a blog entry on the Virgin Group website announcing withdrawing from participation in projects in Saudi Arabia, including negotiations for investment in Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit, in the aftermath of the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Turkey.

https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/my-statement-kingdom-saudi-arabia
That whole announcement was so very nebulous, I don't think much was lost.  Everyone likes to bask in the glory of some airbrushed land develipment images and the feel of saying "One Billion dollars"

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #308 on: 10/20/2018 11:43 PM »
Launcher One first stage was showing its stuff at the Huntington Beach airshow today.  Will probably repeat the performance on Sunday.

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