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NASA preparing second round of smallsat launch services program

WASHINGTON — NASA plans to issue multiple contracts in the coming months for smallsat launch services in the second phase of a program intended...

Commercial launch industry off to slow start in 2020

WASHINGTON — The first half of 2020 has been sluggish for the commercial launch industry, but its problems can’t be explained solely by the...

Virgin Orbit moving ahead with U.K. launch plans

WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit and the British government are continuing efforts to begin flights of the company’s air-launch system from an English airport by...

Virgin Orbit fails first rocket launch attempt from modified plane

(Reuters) - Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit company aborted its first attempt to launch a rocket into space from the belly of a 747 airplane...

Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket misses going to space during its first...

Virgin Orbit’s Cosmic Girl carrier airplane, a modified Boeing 747, makes a crucial test flight with the LauncherOne rocket tucked beneath its left wing....

Virgin Orbit first launch attempt fails

Updated 5:00 p.m. Eastern. WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne failed to reach orbit in its first launch attempt May 25, with the mission “terminated” moments...

Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Orbit rocket fails on debut flight

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit company has tried unsuccessfully to launch a rocket over the Pacific Ocean.The booster was released from under the wing...

Virgin Orbit Launch: 1st Attempt to Blast Off From Beneath Jumbo...

Strap a rocket to the underside of a plane. Fly it up several miles. Drop it. The engine ignites, and the rocket and its...

Virgin Orbit to Attempt Its First Rocket Launch From Jumbo Jet

Strap a rocket to the underside of a plane. Fly it up several miles. Drop it. The engine ignites, and the rocket and its...

Virgin Orbit sets expectations for first launch

WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit says that it’s ready for its first orbital launch attempt, scheduled for May 24, while acknowledging potentially long odds of...

Virgin Orbit ready for first orbital launch attempt

WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit announced May 20 it will make the first flight of its LauncherOne air-launched vehicle as soon as May 24, but...

Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Orbit hopes for rocket flight this weekend

British businessman Sir Richard Branson is looking to this weekend to debut one of his new space systems.Virgin Orbit, based in California, will put...

VOX Space signs deal to fly LauncherOne from Andersen Air Force...

VOX says launching from Guam allows LauncherOne to serve all orbital inclinations. WASHINGTON — VOX Space, the Virgin Orbit subsidiary focused on the national security...

Virgin Orbit completes final major test before first LauncherOne flight

WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit completed a captive carry test flight of its LauncherOne system April 12, the final major milestone before the company performs...

Virgin Orbit’s VOX Space wins $35 million U.S. Space Force launch...

The contract is for three dedicated launches to deliver 44 small satellites to low Earth orbit. WASHINGTON — VOX Space, a subsidiary of Virgin Orbit...

Virgin Orbit selects Japanese airport as launch site

WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit announced April 2 it has identified an airport in Japan as a potential site for launch operations, joining airports in...

Coronavirus updates: The latest COVID-19 news for the global space industry

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Virgin Orbit’s space launch business deemed ‘essential service,’ work allowed to...

Virgin Orbit spokesman: “Unavoidably, this will have some impact on our launch date, and on the launches that immediately follow." WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit announced...

Virgin Orbit working toward first launch, schedule reassessed amid pandemic

LauncherOne rockets, made in Long Beach, California, will be air-launched from a modified 747-400 “Cosmic Girl” carrier aircraft. WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit is reassessing the...