Tag Archives: Space Test Program

FAA Clears Virgin Orbit Rocket for Launch Test With Boeing Carrier Aircraft

Virgin Orbit has obtained authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to test-fly the company’s rocket system through what the agency calls a reusable launch vehicle mission. FAA issued Friday a commercial space transportation license that says Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne platform can launch from a Boeing 747-400 carrier aircraft as part of the test slated to occur …

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Reports: Virgin Orbit Lands DoD Contract to Demo Air Launch System

Virgin Orbit, the small satellite launch venture spun out of commercial space company Virgin Galactic, has secured a contract to demonstrate its air-launched rocket technology through the Defense Department‘s Space Test Program, TechCrunch reported Thursday. The report said Long Beach, California-based Virgin Orbit expects the LauncherOne prototype flight to take place as …

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