Virgin Orbit ready for first orbital launch attempt
Topics: VIRGIN ORBIT
That means that this weekend, Virgin Orbit 747 carrier aircraft Cosmic Girl will prepare to take off from Mojave Air and Space Port, fly out over the Pacific ocean, and release two stage, orbital rocket, LauncherOne which will then proceed to ignite its engine in mid air for the first time.
This Launch Demo marks the apex of a five-year-long development program.
Thousands of components all need to function as planned while controlling high energy and flying at incredibly fast speeds. The vehicle’s structures must be robust enough to tolerate traveling at up to 18,000 mph without disintegrating; the temperatures and pressures of its propellants can’t be too high or too low; every internal valve must click open and closed in perfect synchronicity. ■