LauncherOne LauncherOne

Amber-1, manufactured by AAC Clyde in Scotland is a satellite which provides Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA). This mission marks the first launch from the United Kingdom.

Mission Type Earth Science
Orbit Low Earth Orbit

LauncherOne is a two stage orbital launch vehicle developed by Virgin Orbit since 2007. It is an air launch to orbit rocket, designed to launch "smallsat" payloads of 300 kilograms (660 lb) into a Sun-synchronous orbit, following air launch from a carrier aircraft at high altitude.

Manufacturer Virgin Orbit
Thrust 327kN
Length 16m
Diameter 1.6m
LEO Capacity 500kg
GTO Capacity Unknown
Launch Cost $12m
Virgin Orbit
Virgin Orbit

Virgin Orbit is a company within the Virgin Group which plans to provide launch services for small satellites. The company was formed in 2017 to develop the air-launched LauncherOne rocket, launched from Cosmic Girl, which had previously been a project of Virgin Galactic. Based in Long Beach, California, Virgin Orbit has more than 300 employees led by president Dan Hart, a former vice president of government satellite systems at Boeing. Virgin Orbit focuses on small satellite launch, which is one of three capabilities being focused on by Virgin Galactic. These capabilities are: human spaceflight operations, small satellite launch, and advanced aerospace design, manufacturing, and test

Type Commercial
Administrator Dan Hart
Launch Vehicles 141
Spacecraft None
Spaceport Cornwall
Spaceport Cornwall
Location Air launch to orbit
Total Launches 0
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