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Virgin Orbit News & Discussion

Tue May 26, 2020 8:13 am

Now that Virgin Orbit is truly trying to get somewhere with their concept, thought we might open a general collector thread for smaller news on their launch system.

Unfortunately, the motivation for this thread is the failure of their first orbital launch. There was a problem with the first stage engine, and the launch was terminated soon after deployment. I'm hoping that this is just a minor problem, and not a fundamental issue with the engine. The engine uses kerosene + LOX like SpaceX' Falcon series.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/05/25/v ... st-flight/
 
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Re: Virgin Orbit News & Discussion

Tue May 26, 2020 9:27 pm

Did they hang that thing on the 5th engine pod on the 744?
 
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Re: Virgin Orbit News & Discussion

Tue May 26, 2020 9:53 pm

889091 wrote:
Did they hang that thing on the 5th engine pod on the 744?

Yes.

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Re: Virgin Orbit News & Discussion

Wed May 27, 2020 5:14 am

Ozair wrote:
889091 wrote:
Did they hang that thing on the 5th engine pod on the 744?

Yes.

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Sort off, it's in the space used by the pod, but the whole thing was rebuilt to allow for the drop mechanism.
 
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Re: Virgin Orbit News & Discussion

Wed May 27, 2020 10:18 am

There was a photo of the test launch vehicle on the front page yesterday:

Unfortunately, there's not much other information regarding the failed launch except this image shortly after ignition:
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https://spacenews.com/virgin-orbit-firs ... mpt-fails/
 
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Re: Virgin Orbit News & Discussion

Thu May 28, 2020 7:16 am

Interesting project, and I wonder if will be economically feasible. But after all the costs have been sunk and the technology developed, there's not much more to worry - than actually getting the thing into orbit and prove the payload capacity/delivery, to showcase the thing to customers.

But then I think Boeing is a bit late with its F-747 and the Anti-A380-missile.
Reading accident reports is what calms me down
 
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Re: Virgin Orbit News & Discussion

Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:43 pm

Why does it come from UK? I can't believe that the NASA never worked on such a concept (?).
 
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Re: Virgin Orbit News & Discussion

Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:53 pm

Saintor wrote:
Why does it come from UK? I can't believe that the NASA never worked on such a concept (?).

You mean the rocket built in the US, launched by a US airplane in the US?
And, you might want to look up Pegasus.
 
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Re: Virgin Orbit News & Discussion

Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:35 am

Saintor wrote:
Why does it come from UK? I can't believe that the NASA never worked on such a concept (?).


Only Branson comes from the UK (apologies for that).
Not that he lives here now, apparently an often storm ravaged island is better (than paying tax).

We've not heard so much from his sub orbital scheme recently, the one that's been taking pax 'next year' since 2007.

I don't doubt he wants to get into the space business, however the original idea for high paying pax might be undermined if we believe that Tom Cruise might be going on a future Dragon launch.

With this air launch for satellites though, there is a lot of competition out there.
From hitching a ride on a Falcon 9 to Rocket Lab.

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