We often talk about SpaceX and Blue Origin, but other companies like Virgin Orbit are also involved in space exploration. As part of the Virgin Group founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, Virgin Orbit stands out from its competitors by using an upgraded Boeing 747 as a launcher to launch its small rockets into orbit. So far, tests carried out by Virgin Orbit have only been commented on on Twitter, but never broadcast live.
Take off to follow live on YouTube
Other companies like SpaceX have always shown their product launches live, even the failures. It has become almost indispensable in the aerospace industry. Virgin Orbit is therefore preparing for the first time to broadcast the next flight scheduled for the end of the month live on YouTube. This flight will be the first since the successful launch in January and is expected to carry 7 small satellites for corporate clients such as the US Department of Defense and the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
It should therefore be an unprecedented show as Virgin Orbit uses a different one than SpaceX’s to power its Launcher One rocket. No vertical take-off, Virgin Orbit initially uses an airplane and therefore a horizontal take-off.
Prior to its successful launch in January, Virgin Orbit had failed on its first launch just over a year ago. Without further details, Virgin Orbit said in a tweet: “The mission ended shortly after the flight took off”, in which it was pointed out that there were no injuries to complain about on the crew side and that the aircraft had returned to the base unharmed. We hope that this next flight will follow the success of the last one.
For its part, SpaceX, which plans to relaunch its Crew Dragon capsule from 2022 on the occasion of its first private commercial flight with four people on board. While Jeff Bezos has announced that he will take part in Blue Origin’s first tourist flight on July 20th.