Virgin Orbit to demonstrate air-launch flexibility on upcoming mission – SpaceNews

Virgin Orbit to demonstrate air launch flexibility on upcoming mission

ORLANDO, Fla. — Virgin Orbit is preparing to launch a set of smallsats as both a demonstration of the flexibility of its air-launch system and its ability to increase its cadence of launches. Virgin Orbit’s next LauncherOne mission, called “Above the Clouds” by the company, is now scheduled for Jan. 13 after a one-day delay … Read more

Virgin Orbit adds Spire satellite to next launch – SpaceNews

Virgin Orbit adds Spire satellite to next launch SpaceNews

WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit will fly a Spire cubesat in addition to several other payloads on its next LauncherOne launch, scheduled for no earlier than Dec. 22. 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 … Read more

The Ariane 6 countdown: Q&A with ArianeGroup civil program manager Franck Huiban – SpaceNews

The Ariane 6 countdown QA with ArianeGroup civil program manager

ArianeGroup is preparing final tests for the upgraded heavy-lift Ariane 6 rocket it hopes to launch for the first time next year. The inaugural launch will mark the culmination of years of joint efforts from several European space organizations to give Arianespace, ArianeGroup’s subsidiary in charge of operating and marketing the Ariane family of rockets, … Read more

Virgin Orbit bullish on national security launch – SpaceNews

Virgin Orbit bullish on national security launch SpaceNews

CEO Dan Hart: ‘We’ve had quite a extensive dialogue at all levels of the executive branch and with the Space Force, and the intelligence community’ WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit projects that more than 40% of the company’s business by 2026 will be in national security and defense. Virgin Orbit launches small satellites from rockets that … Read more

NASA, Space Force see growing opportunities to use commercial space services – SpaceNews

NASA Space Force see growing opportunities to use commercial space

Chief NASA economist Alex MacDonald: ‘We found the commercial capabilities are able to move at speeds, while the government programs maybe not always can’ WASHINGTON — NASA’s chief economist Alexander MacDonald said aggressive competition for space agency contracts is “one of the most exciting things that we’re seeing.” Speaking Nov. 2 on a TechCrunch online … Read more

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