Virgin Orbit has also made ambitious plans for the launch of its first Luancher One rocket, as it has been investing some resources in the California Emergency Services Administration to build ventilators during the new coronal pneumonia epidemic,media reported. LauncherOne is Virgin’s orbital launch system, unlike other competitors such as SpaceX and Rocket Lab, and the company’s founder, Richard Branson, has come up with the idea of launching rockets in the air.
According to Branson’s vision, a small rocket would be mounted on the belly of the modified 747 and then launched more than 75 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere.
Last July, Virgin Orbit completed a test run in which a rocket was successfully launched from the Cosmic Girl, but the Launcher One’s Newton Three engine did not ignite.
The company plans to conduct a full demonstration during a four-hour window starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 23, and they have alternate window times on Sundays and Mondays.
Unfortunately, Virgin Track will not broadcast it live, but a test video will be released at the end.
If Saturday’s demonstration launch goes well, the company will begin preparing for its first paid launch. It is reported that the launch mission is a cooperation mission between NASA and the university, the purpose is to launch small satellites. The launch could take place as early as June 29.