Ready to watch LauncherOne fly into space again?
Our readiness review is complete, our launch window is set (6 AM to 8 AM PDT), and our Tubular Bells: Part One mission is currently GO for launch tomorrow morning, June 30th.
Pre-launch ground operations are well underway at Mojave Air and Space Port in California. Earlier this week, we mated the payload fairing to the rocket (yes, while it was attached to Cosmic Girl's wing), using one of our customized trailers, which is a process we'll replicate to support responsive launch campaigns at sites around the world — Cornwall, UK; Guam, US; and Oita, Japan, just to name a few.
It means a lot to us that our three customers for this mission — the U.S. Department of Defense, SatRevolution and the Royal Netherlands Air Force, each representing a different country — have entrusted LauncherOne to uplift their intrepid smallsat adventures. And it's a great indication of how we'll leverage the unique advantages of air launch to make space more accessible for folks from all corners of the map.
We're looking forward to doing even more with this awesome set of customers, like our agreement announced today with SatRevolution to expand our strategic partnership and launch their "constellation of constellations." In addition to these future dedicated and rideshare launches, Virgin Orbit and SatRevolution will also seek new opportunities for collaboration, such as the development of integrated mission services and other activities aimed at cultivating Poland's rapidly growing space industry.
As a reminder, you can look forward to watching the action in real-time by tuning into our mission livestream, available via Youtube
. Similar to Launch Demo 2, we'll also share mission milestone updates as they happen on Twitter (@VirginOrbit
See you tomorrow for Tubular Bells: Part One