On Sunday, Virgin Orbit successfully launched its LauncherOne rocket into space for the first time.
After 2 attempts in the past year, the space firm was finally able to test its air-launched rocket. The rocket, LauncherOne, was dropped from a Boeing 747 at 35,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean before releasing 10 satellites into orbit.
In order for the launch to be successful, the rocket’s computers took control of the system before release and ignition.
This accomplishment represents quite a milestone for the company. It is the culmination of many years of work and testing and this will welcome a whole new generation of innovators on the path to orbit.
The mission sought to help Virgin Orbit develop within the market of space transportation. Hence, the company believes it will provide a more flexible and affordable model to its competitors, with the rocket being launched from the air instead of the ground.
The company is determined to keep testing its system in Cornwall, UK and hopefully having a launch during the G7 meeting.