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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #340 on: 12/15/2018 03:40 am »
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For years, tiny CubeSat satellites could only fly into space as hitchhikers, riding along with larger, primary payloads. Now, thanks to Venture Class Launch Services, these small packages of big science are getting their own rides into space on dedicated rockets -- and on their own terms. Rocket Lab USA of Huntington Beach, California, and Virgin Orbit of Long Beach, California, are the two companies poised to propel CubeSats from coach class to first class. Music Courtesy of Gothic Storm Music.

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #342 on: 12/27/2018 03:18 am »
Virgin Orbit had some recent FCC filings that give a NET of Jan. 25 for a drop test and they have some other testing of their S-band transmitters and ground station in February that aren't associated with any launch (ground testing and putting the transmitter on an airplane).

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #343 on: 12/28/2018 04:07 pm »
Virgin Orbit had some recent FCC filings that give a NET of Jan. 25 for a drop test and they have some other testing of their S-band transmitters and ground station in February that aren't associated with any launch (ground testing and putting the transmitter on an airplane).

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #344 on: 12/28/2018 04:22 pm »
It's going to suck if they make commercial launch vehicle communications a normal use of those frequencies, we'll lose pretty much the only window we have into upcoming launches.

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #345 on: 01/10/2019 03:16 pm »
Virgin Orbit's applications are on hold - status "pending" due to USG partial shutdown.

https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-19-10A1.pdf

They may have to delay their drop test if the USG partial shutdown continues.

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #346 on: 01/14/2019 05:12 pm »
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Virgin Orbit: Guam is our first choice
Kevin Kerrigan | The Guam Daily Post Jan 14, 2019 Updated 12 hrs ago 

Virgin Orbit executives hope to conduct “significant” satellite launch operations out of Guam, but it’s too soon to say when that would start because there is still a lengthy regulatory process ahead and no final agreement has been signed.

“We have looked around,” said Richard DalBello, vice president of business development and government affairs for Virgin Orbit. “There are other alternatives,” but “we believe that Guam is the best alternative.”

https://www.postguam.com/news/local/virgin-orbit-guam-is-our-first-choice/article_8cf346fe-148b-11e9-8126-3b50a26899ff.html

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