I wonder if Launcher One & Cosmic Girl could launch from Guiana Space Center get a zero degree inclination for GTO Launch?
Quote from: Tomness on 06/19/2018 11:56 pmI wonder if Launcher One & Cosmic Girl could launch from Guiana Space Center get a zero degree inclination for GTO Launch?Why? It can fly from the Cape or Kwaj to the equator to perform the mission.
What about LOX boiloff on the flight? Chris's article says that the carrier aircraft will eventually be able to provide LOX servicing, but in the meantime I would assume that such long pre-launch flights would be problematic from that point of view.
Virgin Orbit, LLCExplanation of Experiment:Virgin Orbit LLC (“Virgin Orbit”) is requesting “Special Temporary Authority (STA)” to operate an S-BandTransmitter at 2287.5MHz. If 2287.5 MHzis unavailable Virgin Orbit is open to any frequency within 2200-2290MHz band.The objective of the experiment is the following.- Receive Telemetry data from Launcher One’s S-Band Transmitter during Launcher One’s drop test(Drop test rocket will not be fueled or powered).- Test the RF link between Launcher One’s S-Band telemetry transmitter and 747 aircraft’s S-Bandreceiver & receive only Long Beach Ground Station.747 aircraft will take-off from either one of the two airports shown in Figure 3 with Launcher One rocketin captive carry. S-Band transmitter will be turned on in R2508, R2515, W289S and W291 airspaces (shownin Figure 2). Virgin Orbit is coordinating the use of the above mentioned airspaces with the concernedauthorities. R2515 is being considered for rocket drop and we are coordinating with the concernedauthorities.Two different data rates will be tested at the same assigned frequency. Launcher One transmitter will onlybe turned on within the requested areas. Virgin Orbit will have the ability to turn the Launcher Onetransmitter on and off from the 747 Aircraft while in captive carry. The 747 might be flown to a maximumaltitude of up to 40,000 ft. The transmitter will be turned on, at the ground at requested airport locations(Figure 3) for RF checkouts.We plan to start the testing by July 23rd 2018, and the aircraft is expected to be flown multiple timesduring the six month period after the STA license is granted.The S-Band Transmitter will not be turned on without prior co-ordination with DoD WAFC. Exact date andtime of the testing will be flexible based on DoD coordination.