Virgin Orbit rocket ready for Cornwall flight

Virgin Orbit’s latest rocket has completed a full launch rehearsal and is now ready for flight

The window for the company’s next launch, planned to be the first orbital space launch from the UK

will be determined by the launch permitting regulatory process.

This rehearsal marked the final major acceptance test of the rocket prior to mating to its carrier aircraft Cosmic Girl and beginning pre-launch operations

Meanwhile, integration of customer satellites into the rocket’s fairing is expected to begin this week in the newly inaugurated Space Systems Integration Facility (SSIF) at Spaceport Cornwall.

Virgin Orbit looks to build on an unblemished track record of successful operational orbital launches

integrate rapid-call up payloads, and reach a broader range of orbits than would be possible from a traditional ground-launched system

Those proven capabilities are vital to the exciting, emerging markets in responsive and international launch