Virgin Orbit is developing a system that sends satellites into space using a rocket launched from a jumbo jet.
The company completed its first successful mission in January, and aims to repeat the process later this month in a flight that will deploy seven satellites.
And aviation fans have a treat in store, too, as Virgin Orbit plans to livestream the entire event.
“For the first time ever, you’ll be able to watch the mission live on launch day with Virgin Orbit’s official mission livestream, which is available through their YouTube page,” the company announced this week. The livestream is likely to feature some dramatic footage from multiple angles, with cameras potentially located on the ground, inside the 747 cockpit, on the 747 tracking aircraft, and on the rocket itself.
In Virgin Orbit’s livestream Cosmic Girl – Virgin Orbit’s converted Boeing 747 – will take off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California, with a LauncherOne payload-carrying rocket secured under the plane’s left wing. When it reaches about 35,000 feet, the rocket will launch from the plane before heading into space, where it will deploy satellites into low-Earth orbit. The mission’s clients include the Department of Defense Space Test Program, Poland-based SatRevolution and the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
“The Virgin Orbit team is working hard to complete the final probe before the next mission into space,” the company said. said.
Other private companies in the business of satellite deployment – SpaceX and Rocket Lab – are already in the business of not only marketing their business but also to inspire young engineers and, of course, for the pure entertainment value of seeing new technology in action. Livestream their launch. Virgin Orbit’s unique style of satellite delivery, which involves firing a rocket from a converted jumbo jet, means its upcoming livestream is likely to garner a lot of attention.
The exact date and time for the mission are yet to be announced, but Nerdshala will be sure to post an update once the details are released.