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Virgin Orbit has completed the Federal Aviation Administration’s final environmental assessment that found that licensing the company’s LauncherOne rocket operations from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam “would not significantly affect” the environment quality. According to the Aug. 27 notice, the proposed action from the agency is to provide Virgin Orbit with a launch operator’s […] More
Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket deployed four Department of Defense satellites into low-Earth orbit on Wednesday as part of a rideshare mission, C4ISRNET reported Thursday. The company’s carrier aircraft Cosmic Girl lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California and released LauncherOne in midair to enable the rocket to deliver the cubesat payloads into […] More

Virgin Orbit announced on Thursday that its LauncherOne rocket is fully assembled and will soon be shipped to Mojave Air and Space Port in California for pre-launch operations. The rocket’s upcoming mission is called Tubular Bells, Part One, which will launch CubeSat satellites for the Department of Defense (DOD) and Royal Netherlands Air Force, as well as two optical satellites for SatRevolution. The launch is scheduled for June of this year. 

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Virgin's orbit business has moved the date of its LauncherOne rocket's second orbital launch to Jan. 10 due to pandemic-related limitations, Space News reported Tuesday. The company originally planned to conduct the liftoff in mid-December 2020 but experienced personnel shortage because of precautionary measures for COVID-19 contact tracing.

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Airbus Group has received a contract from Germany's defense procurement agency to operate Israel Aerospace Industries-built Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems in support of German forces' missions in Mali. Airbus' defense and space business will begin UAS operations in Mali in November through February 2018, Airbus said Thursday. Thomas Reinartz, head of sales for unmanned […] More
Thales and Israel Aerospace Industries have completed a flight test of an IAI-built unmanned aerial vehicle following the installation of a data link component and Elisra's antennas and radio frequency-based modules on board the UAV. Thales said Tuesday the TMA 6000 data link aboard the Heron Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance UAV is designed to transmit daylight and […] More
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