LauncherOne launch vehicle successfully launched in the USA

The American private company Virgin Orbit yesterday carried out the first successful launch of its LauncherOne rocket, which has been in development since 2007. A feature of the carrier is that the launch is carried out from under the wing of a modified Boeing 747-400 "Cosmic Girl" airliner.

As part of the current mission, the company has placed a dozen mini-satellites (cubsats) into low-earth orbit in the interests of NASA. According to the calculations of engineers, such a launch of missiles with a payload will cost the customer much cheaper when compared with traditional methods.

In the future, Virgin Orbit intends to conduct commercial launches on a regular basis. At the same time, the small company, which is a structural division of Virgin Galactic, already has its first potential customers. Back in 2012, several customers entered into a contract with the developer LauncherOne for future space launches.

Recall that the LauncherOne rocket is capable of placing up to 300 kg of payload into a sun-synchronous orbit. The first test launch of the carrier took place in May last year and ended in failure. A few seconds after separation from the aircraft, the missile safety system turned off the first stage engines, which ultimately led to the crash of the carrier.
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  1. Cyril Offline Cyril
    Cyril (Kirill) 18 January 2021 12: 09
    Finally, the long-term construction of Verdzhinovsky flew.
  2. Japan Offline Japan
    Japan 18 January 2021 12: 41
    Soon the "empire" will be jumping from a trampoline (with a Jew - a ROGOZIN) - into space, not the United States.
    1. Alexzn Offline Alexzn
      Alexzn (Alexander) 19 January 2021 10: 19
      Quote: Japan
      Soon the "empire" will be jumping from a trampoline (with a Jew - a ROGOZIN) - into space, not the United States.

      Is Trampoline also a Jew?
  3. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 18 January 2021 14: 08
    Having such missiles as Iskander and MiG-31, our military could have thought of this earlier! And not listen to the philologist or journalist Rogozin, fairy tales about a trampoline. And then we buy the usual weather reports from the EU! Shame !!!

    LauncherOne launch vehicle Length - a little more than 20 meters, weight about 25 tons.

    The launch weight of the Iskander-M missile is 3,8 tons, the warhead weighs 480 kilograms.
    1. IsmagilovTR Offline IsmagilovTR
      IsmagilovTR (Tim) 19 January 2021 12: 58
      we still have a "scoop" upstairs firmly in our heads, we are not flexible, not dynamic, tight and clumsy, if you like.
  4. Vladest Offline Vladest
    Vladest (Vladimir) 19 January 2021 16: 31
    This is how many systems for launching a payload into Space will be in the United States soon? About five.