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Цитата: undefinedVirgin Orbit @VirginOrbitWe're delighted to announce our next mission, coming in December: "Above the Clouds," featuring happy repeat customers @SatRevolution and @DeptofDefense Space Test Program. #LauncherOne #VirginOrbit
ЦитатаComing off flawless back-to-back launches, the Virgin Orbit team has settled into a steady flight preparation rhythm with LauncherOne. [Earlier today], the fully assembled rocket that will carry our next customers' satellites to space has left our rocket factory in Long Beach and headed up to the bare concrete pad 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, we're happy some of our Tubular Bells . 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. Скрытый текст: Mission Manifest:The U.S. Department of Defense, which is launching several 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's 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 join 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.Launch Site: Our fully mobile LauncherOne system will conduct the flight from what is currently a bare concrete pad at the Mojave Air and Space Port in CaliforniaTarget Orbit: mid-inclination Low Earth OrbitLaunch Timing: Q4 2021Launch Coverage: Real time updates to be provided via social media and a public livestreamMission Name: Above the Clouds Скрытый текст: The mission name Above the Clouds pays homage to hip hop sensation Gang Starr's album, Moment of Truth. Released on March 31, 1998, by Virgin Records in collaboration with Noo Trybe Records, Moment of Truth is widely regarded as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. The song titled Above the Clouds, featuring Inspectah Deck of Wu-Tang Clan, appears as the fifth track - and Virgin Orbit's favorite. We are especially inspired by the chorus:Above the crowds, above the cloudsWhere the sounds are originalInfinite skills create miraclesWe're certainly a little biased. Starting our launches from above the clouds lets us avoid the crowds at traditional spaceports, while also giving us a significant performance advantage over ground-launched systems. That means we can do more to help our customers and partners use their infinite skills to create miracles, using space technology to make life better right here on planet Earth. We are emboldened by the original, creative work and innovative tenacity our collaborators, customers, and colleagues demonstrate every day to advance the industry.We'll have more info and technical updates to share as the launch gets closer. In the meantime, stay in the loop by subscribing to our newsletter, and following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.
Цитата Cosmic Penguin @Cosmic_PenguinFresh released USCG notices has this flying on December 22 at 2-5 pm Pacific = 22:00 - 01:00 UTC, 10 hours after JWST.Цитата Michael Sheetz @thesheetztweetzVirgin Orbit (merging with SPAC $NGCA) announces that for its next launch Spire Global $SPIR received FAA waiver approval to add the ADLER-1 satellite, which was integrated within 36 hours on Virgin Orbit's payload:"It's flat-out amazing!" - CEO Dan Harthttps://businesswire.com/news/home/20211209005342/en/Spire-Global-Inc.-Selects-Virgin-Orbit-for-Late-Load-Addition-to-Next-Flight-in-Record-Time...
Цитата Michael Sheetz @thesheetztweetzVirgin Orbit (merging with SPAC $NGCA) announces that for its next launch Spire Global $SPIR received FAA waiver approval to add the ADLER-1 satellite, which was integrated within 36 hours on Virgin Orbit's payload:"It's flat-out amazing!" - CEO Dan Harthttps://businesswire.com/news/home/20211209005342/en/Spire-Global-Inc.-Selects-Virgin-Orbit-for-Late-Load-Addition-to-Next-Flight-in-Record-Time...
ЦитатаVirgin Orbit@VirginOrbitWe are extremely honored to add@SpireGlobalas an additional customer on our next mission, Above the Clouds, scheduled for mid-December 2021 to mid-January 2022.virginorbit.comSPIRE GLOBAL, INC. SELECTS VIRGIN ORBIT FOR LATE-LOAD ADDITION TO NEXT FLIGHT IN RECORD TIMELeading launch company Virgin Orbit, which has announced a planned business combination with special purpose acquisition company NextGen Acquisition
ЦитатаVirgin Orbit @VirginOrbitAs 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.
ЦитатаVirgin Orbit @VirginOrbitThe launch window for Virgin Orbit's third commercial flight, Above the Clouds, opens this Wednesday, January 12, 2022. The spacecraft to be launched to Low Earth Orbit at 500 km circular orbit at 45 degrees inclination for this mission includes satellites for .(2/3) the US Department of Defense's Space Test Program, Polish company @SatRevolution, and @SpireGlobal, Inc. (NYSE: SPIR). Virgin Orbit's team is currently progressing through the final pre-flight checklist as they work towards the opening of a launch window on January 12..(3/3) Anticipated take-off times on 1/12 range between approx. 1pm and 3:30pm PT (21:00-23:30 GMT), with rocket drop and ignition expected to occur roughly 1 hour after take-off. Virgin Orbit will proceed to launch if all conditions are nominal. Backup windows extend through Jan.
ЦитатаVirgin Orbit запустит ряд спутников на орбиту Земли 13 января - компания Вашингтон. 11 января. ИНТЕРФАКС - Частная аэрокосмическая компания Virgin Orbit выведет несколько коммерческих спутников на низкую околоземную орбиту Земли 13 января в рамках миссии Above the Clouds, сообщила компания в твиттере. "Стартовое окно для третьего коммерческого запуска компании Virgin Orbit, получившего имя Above the Clouds, открывается в эту среду, 12 января (13 января мск - ИФ)", - говорится в сообщении компании в соцсети. По плану модифицированный самолёт Boeing 747 с прикреплённой к нему ракетой-носителем LauncherOne поднимется со взлётной полосы аэродрома Мохаве в Калифорнии 12 января в период между 13:00 и 15:30 по Тихоокеанскому времени (13 января, 00:00 - 2:30 мск). Примерно через час после начала полёта ракета будет отстыкована, после чего она включит двигатели и продолжит путь до намеченной орбиты самостоятельно. По данным компании, в рамках запуска на орбиту высотой 500 км будут выведены спутники для космической испытательной программы Пентагона, в том числе для проверки технологий связи и навигации объектов в космическом пространстве, аппарат, разработанный университетом Корнелл, а также спутники польской компании SatRevolution и американской SpireGlobal. Этот запуск станет четвёртым для ракет этой серии. По информации разработчиков, ракета-носитель LauncherOne способна выводить до 300 кг полезной нагрузки на солнечно-синхронную орбиту высотой около 500 км.
Цитата Virgin Orbit @VirginOrbitMeet our customers flying on our third commercial flight to space! U.S. Department of Defense, @SatRevolution, and @SpireGlobal, it's an honor to carry your payloads to space. #VirginOrbit #AboveTheClouds #SpaceForGood $VORB
Цитата Virgin Orbit @VirginOrbitMeet the credentialed pilots who will be flying #CosmicGirl during our Above the Clouds mission! #LauncherOne #AboveTheClouds #VirginOrbit
Цитата Virgin Orbit @VirginOrbitHappy L-1! Mojave Air and Space Port is buzzing with activity this morning as the team prepares for tomorrow's mission to space. We're still on track to hit our launch window, which opens at 1pm PT / 21:00 GMT. #AboveTheClouds $VORB.We're primed to get some spectacular views from our onboard cameras, so be sure to tune into our mission livestream, which kicks off at 12:30 PM PT / 20:30 GMT. https://virg.in/47kS
ЦитатаVirgin Orbit @VirginOrbitAs our team works through our pre-flight checklist, we're taking a little extra time to thoroughly validate the system and to check our sensor readings. (1/4).(2/4) We are now targeting Thursday, Jan 13 as our first available launch opportunity, with potential takeoff between ~1pm & 3:30pm Pacific. We have additional windows available in the coming days, if needed..(3/4) The launch system, the team, and our customers' satellites remain in excellent shape as we prepare for the start of our latest mission..(4/4) Set your alarms and be sure to tune into our mission livestream on Thursday, which kicks off at 12:30pm PT / 20:30 GMT. http://virg.in/47kS
Цитата Virgin Orbit @VirginOrbitWho wants to geek out on orbit inclination? The spacecraft we are carrying for Above the Clouds mission will be launched to Low Earth Orbit at 500 km circular orbit at 45 degrees inclination! #VirginOrbit #AboveTheClouds $VORB.If all goes successfully, this will be the FIRST TIME EVER that anyone has reached this orbit from the West Coast! Face screaming in fear #Gasp.What does this mean for the future of opening #SpaceForGood? Rocket It means that Virgin Orbit space ports will have a wider range of where we can go from each location, and our customers can reach much more when they fly with Virgin Orbit!.We are now targeting Thursday, Jan 13 as our first available launch opportunity, with potential takeoff between ~1pm & 3:30pm Pacific. We have additional windows available in the coming days, if needed.
Цитата Virgin Orbit @VirginOrbitThe primary for today's mission is the @DeptofDefense Space Test Program, which is launching 4 Research and Development (R&D) satellites for its second mission (STP-27VPB) on LauncherOne. #LauncherOne #VirginOrbit..@DIU_x awarded the STP-27VPB contract to our wholly-owned subsidiary @TheRealVOXSpace via the Rapid Agile Launch Initiative (RALI), a project intended to accelerate the procurement of commercial launch capabilities by the US government for missions to Low Earth Orbit. #SmallSat.STP-27VPB mission will demonstrate commercially available solutions for placing USSF satellite capabilities in Low Earth Orbit from a modified 747 aircraft. #CosmicGirl #Space #VirginOrbit
Цитата Virgin Orbit @VirginOrbitAlso onboard this mission are two nano-satellites: STORK-3 and SteamSat-2 from Polish satellite firm @SatRevolution #AboveTheClouds
Цитата Virgin Orbit @VirginOrbitSTORK-3 and SteamSat-2 join two Marta satellites launched in June 2021. These optical spacecraft will eventually be a 14-satellite constellation, tasked with collecting multispectral medium-resolution imagery and data for agricultural and energy customers.
Цитата Virgin Orbit @VirginOrbitOur final customer with payloads onboard is @SpireGlobal The Adler-1 satellite is part of a growing movement to address the issue of dangerous space debris and improve sustainability in Low Earth Orbit. #AboveTheClouds.. @SpireGlobal cubesat will study the (micro) space debris environment in Low Earth Orbit to complement the space debris models by obtaining in-situ data..The mission name "Above the Clouds" pays homage to hip hop sensation Gang Starr's album, Moment of Truth.
Цитата Virgin Orbit @VirginOrbitAs Cosmic Girl makes it out to the drop point, check out the flight profile as #LauncherOne travels to orbit.