Soaring Above the Clouds

We completed another flawless mission to space in January, our third successful consecutive flight in less than 12 months. Above the Clouds achieved new orbital inclinations never before possible from the West Coast and launched through inclement weather. One mission at a time, LauncherOne is revolutionizing the way we think about and get to space.

We have now successfully delivered commercial, government, international, and national security satellites to space, including new Above the Clouds customer Spire Global, Inc. (NYSE: SPIR), and first ever repeat customers: the U.S. Department of Defense Space Test Program and Polish company SatRevolution. 

The seven satellites deployed to Low Earth Orbit on Above the Clouds include experiments in space-based communications, space debris detection, in-space navigation and propulsion, a university payload sponsored by NASA, as well as satellites that will serve the global agricultural sector. Satellites launched to date: 26 (and counting!).

We couldn't be prouder of our incredible team and our one-of-a-kind launch system! We’re looking forward to even more successful launches throughout the rest of 2022.

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Ringing in the New Year

In January, we rang the bell at NASDAQ in Times Square to celebrate going public as VORB. This milestone has solidified our abilities to advance the space industry through strategic investments and continued growth. We’re uniquely positioned as both a rapid response launch service provider and a global space solutions company on a mission to open space for good, for everyone, from everywhere.

As part of the celebration, we brought a full-scale LauncherOne rocket to Times Square, complete with customer satellites, to engage and educate the public.

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Scaling Up 

We’ve hired Dr. Candace Givens as our new vice president of engineering. This positions us for future growth, including developments across rockets, spaceports, aircraft, hypersonics, and space solutions.

Dr. Givens brings with her more than two decades of experience combined from Northrop Grumman, Boeing and TRW Space & Defense. Before joining Virgin Orbit, she served as vice president of remote sensing programs for Northrop Grumman’s space systems sector. 

Welcome to the team, Candace!
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Partnering to Go to Deep Space

We signed an MOU with the Sultanate of Oman, Polish Small Satellite manufacturer and operator SatRevolution, Poland-originated AI data analytics specialists TUATARA, and Omani-based emerging technology innovator ETCO. Together, we will collaborate on Oman’s first mission to deep space. The agreement also allows us to collaborate on delivering additional small satellites to Low Earth Orbit, including the first in Oman’s history starting this summer from the UK's Space Port Cornwall. 

This mission will collect data regarding patterns that underlie climate change and the aftereffects of natural disasters. In addition, it could provide scientists with insight into what occurs on the surface of Earth’s neighbors.
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Friends in High Places

Our work with our friends at NASA is continuing in 2022! Their Launch Services Program chose us to provide launch services for the agency’s Venture-Class Acquisition of Dedicated Rideshare (VADR) missions.

We've already launched  satellites to space for NASA through programs like the Venture Class Launch Services program and the CubeSat Launch Initiative. In a similar spirit, the VADR acquisition will build on that foundation. The contract has a five-year ordering period with a maximum total value of $300 million and will be managed by the Launch Services Program at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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In the News: Across the Nation and Around the World 

  • Sir Richard Branson and Dan Hart, CEO of Virgin Orbit, were on the TODAY show discussing their system for launching satellites into space. Watch the interview on TODAY
  • Dan Hart explains why investors should allocate money into space. Watch the interview on Bloomberg 
  • Virgin Orbit stocks pops as much as 26% in trading as company shows rocket in Times Square. Read more in CNBC 
  • Company leaders rang the opening bell at NASDAQ commemorating that Virgin Orbit became publicly traded on the exchange on Dec. 30. Read more in 
  • Sir Richard Branson and Dan Hart sit down with CNN's Jake Tapper to explain how the company launched 7 satellites from their 747, and what the new satellites will do in orbit. Watch the interview on CNN
  • Virgin Orbit successfully launches 7 satellites into orbit. Read more in AP News 
  • The third commercial flight took off from Mojave Air and Spaceport in California on January 13. Read more in Fox Business 
  • Third successful launch is the first satellite mission after SPAC merger. Read more in The Verge
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