Virgin Orbit will deliver small satellites into orbit using a compact LauncherOne rockets
The company Virgin Galactic that are developing spacecraft SpaceShipTwo aimed at the segment of space tourism, announced the creation of a separate company Virgin Orbit.
This company will commercialize the project’s rocket LauncherOne. We will remind, LauncherOne, a small rocket with a lifting capacity of only about 225 kg, which will be launched into orbit with Boeing 747 Cosmic Girl. This should make launches much cheaper than using full-fledged rockets.
Virgin Orbit already has production facilities on an area of about 16 700 m2 and employs more than 200 employees. The company will launch into orbit small satellites, and already has a large portfolio of orders, including the state.
When the launch is still unknown. But the company promises in the coming months to share more information.