Billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit successfully tested its air-launched rocket for the first time on Sunday, putting 10 NASA satellites into orbit, and aborting the rocket for the first time last year An important milestone was reached after the test firing.
At 11:39 a.m. Pacific time (1:09 a.m. PST), the 35,000-foot-high Boeing 747 in the Pacific region of California, nicknamed Cosmic Girl, lifted off from the sky. This is the headquarters in Long Beach, California The company’s rocket lifted off, and then ignited its NewtonThree engine to boost the power itself out of the earth’s atmosphere, proving its first successful space trek.
“According to telemetry, LauncherOne has reached orbit!” The company posted a message called Launch Demo 2 on Twitter during the test mission.
About two hours after its “Cosmic Girl” aircraft carrier took off from the Mojave Aerospace Port in southern California, this rocket was a 70-foot-tall launcher designed to transport small satellites into space. Successfully put 10 small satellites into NASA’s orbit, said on Twitter.
The rocket is a 70-foot-tall launcher designed to transport small satellites into space. It is designed to send 10 small satellites into NASA missions. It takes about two hours, although Virgin Orbit has not confirmed whether they are on schedule. deploy.
For Virgin Rail, successful testing and clean payload deployment is a win-win need. Last year, when LauncherOne’s main engine shut down shortly after being released from its carrier, it failed to enter space. It said that the shortened task produced key test data for the company.
Sunday’s test also prompted Virgin Orbit to enter the increasingly competitive commercial space race. It provides a unique “air launch” method that can put satellites into orbit, which is compatible with other companies such as Rocket Lab and Firefly Aerospace. Competitors in this category work together to design small launch systems, inject smaller satellites into operation and meet growing demand.
Virgin Atlantic executives said that compared to traditional rockets launched vertically from the ground, high-altitude launches allow satellites to be placed in their intended orbits more efficiently and minimize weather-related offsets.
VOX Space LLC, a government service subsidiary of Virgin Orbit, is selling launches using the system to the U.S. military. According to the U.S. Space Force’s $35 million (approximately 2.5 billion rupees) contract, the first flight mission is scheduled for October. Three tasks.
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