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Virgin Orbit to Debut on Nasdaq
We've launched rockets to space from the wing of a jet. We've delivered commercial, civil, and national security satellites to their target orbits from the end of a runway. And we're just getting started.

Now, Virgin Orbit is planning to go public! 

This month, we announced that we have entered into a definitive agreement to become publicly traded on Nasdaq through a business combination with NextGen Acquisition Corp. II ($NGCA). The combined company will retain the Virgin Orbit name and is expected to be listed on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “VORB.” 

This announcement comes just on the heels of our most recent successful launch, Tubular Bells: Part One, during which our LauncherOne system delivered satellites for commercial and national security customers from the US and abroad precisely into their target orbits. 

Check out our home on the web for more details on the announcement and our plans for the future.
 
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Syncing Up with SwRI

We're super excited to share that we've signed a new agreement with the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to collaborate on space science missions, launches on LauncherOne, and joint space service offerings. 

SwRI is an independent, non-profit research and development organization based in San Antonio, Texas. Our goal is to combine Virgin Orbit's unique air launch capabilities with SwRI's broad spacecraft expertise to develop turnkey bundled services for customers.

We're particularly interested in collaborating on stewardship programs that would leverage space data to tackle our most pressing environmental challenges. This could potentially even include the manufacturing of SwRI space vehicle platforms at our manufacturing hub in Long Beach, CA, as well as the deployment of satellite constellations to provide comprehensive space service offerings.
 

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In the News

As part of our continued development testing, we recently completed a series of NewtonThree hotfires on a test stand at NASA Stennis Space Center. After 87 total hotfires, we're walking away with a wealth of data and knowledge that’ll help us push our Newton family of engines to the next level. Read more on NASA.gov.

In Our Orbit

Congratulations and welcome to Brig. Gen. Mark Baird (U.S. Air Force, Ret.), who was selected this month to be the new President of VOX Space, the Virgin Orbit wholly-owned subsidiary that provides launch services for the national security community.

Beginning his U.S. Air Force career in 1989, Mark served the U.S.’ national security space community for three decades, including positions as the Deputy Director of the National Reconnaissance Office; the Director of Space Acquisition for the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force; the Vice Commander of the US Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, and the Director of Space Superiority Systems.

Mark also played a key role in establishing the U.S. Space Force as Deputy Director of the Space Force Planning Task Force at the Pentagon. 

We're proud to welcome Mark to the team and can't wait to see VOX Space build on its recent successes.
 
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