Author Topic: LauncherOne - Above the Clouds - January 13, 2022 (22:52 UTC)  (Read 33757 times)

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Virgin Orbit is preparing for its next orbital mission, it will be Above the Clouds, where the LauncherOne rocket will carry 8 Department of Defense satellites and 2 SatRevolution Cubesats. Launch is currently scheduled for January 2022.

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Re: LauncherOne - Above the Clouds - December 2021
« Reply #1 on: 11/09/2021 01:35 pm »
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Coming off successful back-to-back launches, the Virgin Orbit team has settled into a steady flight preparation rhythm with LauncherOne. The fully assembled rocket that will carry our next customers’ satellites to space arrived early Monday morning at the Mojave Air and Space Port that serves as all the spaceport we need. Already, the rocket has been mated to the customized 747 that serves as our flying launch pad, mobile mission control, and fully re-usable first stage all at once.

With our pre-launch preparation now officially underway, we’re delighted to tell you more about our next mission, which is on track to launch later this year. On the heels of our flawless Tubular Bells, Part One mission in June, which sounded our new era of routine commercial flights to orbit, our happy Tubular Bells customers have now become our first repeat clients. We’re working with some old friends, but headed to some new places.


We invite you to turn your attention skyward, to a mission we have dubbed Above the Clouds.



Mission Manifest:


The U.S. Department of Defense, which is launching eight Research and Development (R&D) satellites from multiple government agencies that are experiments in space-based communications and in-space navigation, as well as a university payload sponsored by NASA. This launch, also known as STP-VP27B, was awarded to Virgin Orbit through our subsidiary VOX Space by the DoD’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) as part of the DoD Space Test Program’s (STP) Rapid Agile Launch (RALI) Initiative. DIU is an organization working to accelerate the adoption of commercial technology into the U.S. military to strengthen national security.


Polish company SatRevolution, which is launching two nanosatellites: STORK-3 and SteamSat-2. STORK-3 joins the STORK-4 and STORK-5 Marta satellites placed in orbit on our June 2021 mission as part of the SatRevolution’s Earth-observation capabilities, with a focus on serving customers in the agricultural sector to take medium-resolution photos. SteamSat-2 is a technology demonstrated for SteamJet Space System (UK)’s innovative water-fueled thrusters for in-space propulsion.
https://virginorbit.com/the-latest/introducing-our-next-mission-above-the-clouds/
« Last Edit: 11/09/2021 01:44 pm by Conexion Espacial »
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Re: LauncherOne - Above the Clouds - December 2021
« Reply #2 on: 11/09/2021 03:53 pm »
The propellent settling thrusters (Ullage motors) on the first stage have been doubled & are in a new housing and
AE/ME
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Re: LauncherOne - Above the Clouds - December 2021
« Reply #3 on: 11/09/2021 07:05 pm »
The SatRevolution payloads were originally scheduled to fly with Momentus on a Transporter flight.

This is an unusual 45 degree inclination launch from the west coast.  Drop zone will be a little farther out than the previous flight.

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Re: LauncherOne - Above the Clouds - December 2021
« Reply #4 on: 11/11/2021 01:46 am »
USCG notice:

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-OFFSHORE CALIFORNIA-HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS

Virgin Orbit be launching a two stage rocket from offshore Channel Islands, CA, on 02 Dec 21. The Coast Guard is issuing an advisory for potential
falling debris encompassing all navigable waters from the surface to the seafloor within the following coordinates:
Northern Area:
27-25-09N 116-59-11W
27-55-18N 116-04-53W
33-04-29N 121-03-27W
32-47-46N 121-34-27W
Southern Area:
20-19-08N 112-42-51W
21-37-57N 110-57-12W
24-42-06N 113-37-22W
23-26-55N 115-08-19W
Launch is scheduled to commence 10:00am until 2:00pm on 02 Dec 21. Alternate launch dates due to weather are 03-06 Dec 21. 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 LTJG Gabe LaMartina at 510-437-5984.

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Three days from launch; any new news?
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Three days from launch; any new news?

The USCG notice has apparently been removed from the latest version of local warning messages (https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm11472021.pdf) so I guess the launch has been delayed.
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Re: LauncherOne - Above the Clouds - NET December 2021
« Reply #7 on: 11/30/2021 07:40 pm »
Three days from launch; any new news?

The USCG notice has apparently been removed from the latest version of local warning messages (https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm11472021.pdf) so I guess the launch has been delayed.

That file includes a notice for some other hazardous operation out of Vandy.  When I saw that, I just immediately flagged the file for retention and didn't continue processing it, so I missed the fact that the Virgin Orbit notice was gone.  That'll teach me to make sure that I fully process every file. :(

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Re: LauncherOne - Above the Clouds - NET December 2021
« Reply #8 on: 12/01/2021 03:13 am »
These launches are coordinated by the Western Range?
Vandenberg, California air launches, Kodiak?
That file includes a notice for some other hazardous operation out of Vandy.
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Re: LauncherOne - Above the Clouds - NET December 2021
« Reply #9 on: 12/01/2021 04:54 am »
These launches are coordinated by the Western Range?
Vandenberg, California air launches, Kodiak?
That file includes a notice for some other hazardous operation out of Vandy.

The Virgin Orbit notice referenced the Coast Guard, not Vandy.  Vandy was referenced on whatever the other hazardous operation was (not necessarily a rocket launch, certainly not one that I recognized).

The notices for Astra and ABL launches from PSCA come from PSCA itself.

The only rocket launch notices in the Coast Guard weekly files that I can recall that referenced Vandy are the ones actually launching from there.  However that doesn't necessarily mean that the Western Range isn't involved to some degree in the others.

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Re: LauncherOne - Above the Clouds - NET December 2021
« Reply #10 on: 12/01/2021 05:08 am »
SFN Launch Schedule, updated November 29, lists this launch as December TBD.
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...carrying eight small satellites for the U.S. military’s Space Test Program and two small satellites for the Polish company SatRevolution.
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Re: LauncherOne - Above the Clouds - NET December 2021
« Reply #11 on: 12/09/2021 01:51 pm »
From today's USCG District 11 Local Notice to Mariners:

Quote from: USCG
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-OFFSHORE CALIFORNIA-HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS

Virgin Orbit will be launching a two stage rocket from offshore Channel Islands, CA, on 22 Dec 21. 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:
27-25-09N 116-59-11W
27-55-18N 116-04-53W
33-04-29N 121-03-27W
32-47-46N 121-34-27W
Southern Area:
20-19-08N 112-42-51W
21-37-57N 110-57-12W
24-42-06N 113-37-22W
23-26-55N 115-08-19W
Launch is scheduled to commence 2:00pm until 5:00pm on 22 Dec 21. Alternate launch dates due to weather are from 2:00pm until 5:15pm on 23
Dec 21 and 08-10 Jan 21. 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 LTJG Gabe LaMartina at 510-437-5984.

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Re: LauncherOne - Above the Clouds - NET December 22, 2021
« Reply #13 on: 12/10/2021 05:18 am »
From today's USCG District 11 Local Notice to Mariners:

Quote from: USCG
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-OFFSHORE CALIFORNIA-HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS

Virgin Orbit will be launching a two stage rocket from offshore Channel Islands, CA, on 22 Dec 21. 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:
27-25-09N 116-59-11W
27-55-18N 116-04-53W
33-04-29N 121-03-27W
32-47-46N 121-34-27W
Southern Area:
20-19-08N 112-42-51W
21-37-57N 110-57-12W
24-42-06N 113-37-22W
23-26-55N 115-08-19W
Launch is scheduled to commence 2:00pm until 5:00pm on 22 Dec 21. Alternate launch dates due to weather are from 2:00pm until 5:15pm on 23
Dec 21 and 08-10 Jan 21. 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 LTJG Gabe LaMartina at 510-437-5984.
The January window should read with correction for the typo as:
08-10 Jan 22


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Re: LauncherOne - Above the Clouds - NET December 22, 2021
« Reply #14 on: 12/17/2021 09:00 pm »
Cross-post:
https://spacenews.com/virgin-orbit-adds-spire-satellite-to-next-launch/
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Virgin Orbit announced Dec. 9 that Spire’s ADLER-1 three-unit cubesat had been added to the manifest for that upcoming launch, called “Above the Clouds” by Virgin Orbit. The satellite, whose name is derived from Austrian Debris Detection Low Earth (orbit) Reconnoiter, was developed in partnership with the Austrian Space Forum and Findus Venture GmbH. It will collect data on the environment of “micro” space debris in low Earth orbit using a short-range radar provided by Spire.
[dated Dec 10]
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Re: LauncherOne - Above the Clouds - January 2022
« Reply #16 on: 12/20/2021 07:23 pm »
That notice, which I posted here, had January 8-10 as additional backup dates, but it's unknown (at least to me) whether those are the dates that Virgin Orbit is targeting.

A new weekly USCG District 11 Local Notice to Mariners will come out later this week.  Hopefully it will have updated launch information.

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Re: LauncherOne - Above the Clouds - January 2022
« Reply #17 on: 12/21/2021 07:11 pm »
The weekly USCG District 11 Local Notice to Mariners came out early, probably because of the holiday.

Virgin Orbit is not mentioned at all.

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Re: LauncherOne - Above the Clouds - January 12, 2022
« Reply #18 on: 12/23/2021 08:45 pm »
https://twitter.com/VirginOrbit/status/1474125719496060928
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As 2021 comes towards an end, we're busier than ever! This week, we completed our final launch rehearsal for our upcoming Above the Clouds launch, scheduled for January 12. That successful test has us heading into the holiday season with excellent momentum and high confidence.

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Re: LauncherOne - Above the Clouds - January 12, 2022
« Reply #19 on: 12/28/2021 07:33 pm »
From the weekly USCG District 11 Local Notice to Mariners (times are presumably PST [UTC-08:00]):

Quote from: USCG
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-OFFSHORE CALIFORNIA-HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS

Virgin Orbit will be launching a two stage rocket from offshore Channel Islands, CA, on 12 January, 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:
27-25-09N 116-59-11W
27-55-18N 116-04-53W
33-04-29N 121-03-27W
32-47-46N 121-34-27W
Southern Area:
20-19-08N 112-42-51W
21-37-57N 110-57-12W
24-42-06N 113-37-22W
23-26-55N 115-08-19W
Launch is scheduled to commence 2:00pm until 5:00pm on 12 January, 2022. Alternate launch dates due to weather are from 2:00pm until 5:15pm on 13 January, 2022 and 14 January, 2022. 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 LTJG Gabe LaMartina at 510-437-5984.

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