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Virgin Orbit carries out its first night mission for the US Space Force
Virgin Orbit (NASDAQ:VORB) has ticked off another milestone for its fledgling launch business, successfully carrying out its first night-time mission over the weekend and deploying satellites into low-Earth orbit. The flight is the first of three the company will carry out for the United States Space Force as it eyes international expansion of its operations.
Virgin Orbit finally commenced commercial operations last June following years of development and test flights. The company’s approach to satellite launches involves a modified 747 that takes off from conventional airport runways and releases a rocket called LauncherOne from high altitude. This rocket then fires up its own engines to carry on to orbit with the customer’s payload.
NextGen Acquisition Corp. II completed its combination with space venture Virgin Orbit in December 2021.READ