Virgin Galactic's orbital plans

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All Nippon Airways brings Virgin Orbit to Asia

The parent company of All Nippon Airways will partner with air launch company Virgin Orbit by granting it access to the fleets of Japan's largest airline to send small satellites into orbit with its wing-carried LauncherOne rockets.
Press release here: http://spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=54140

Seems like the initial cooperation would probably take the form of ANA providing maintenance and ground support equipment to Virgin Orbit's 747 Cosmic Girl for launches staged out of an airport/spaceport in Japan. They will also evaluate the possibility of adapting ANA aircraft as additional launchers, but that would depend on there being sufficient demand to support more than one aircraft.
 

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Any idea as to what the payload is going to be for the LauncherOne Flight 1?
Gunter's Space Page (https://space.skyrocket.de/doc_chr/lau2019.htm) lists a CubeSat simulator as the payload for the planned first launch of the LauncherOne rocket.
Thanks for the info Vahe, and the website link.
 

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Virgin Orbit

Published on 11 Jul 2019

This week’s successful drop test is a huge, huge deal for our team. It represents the last major step of a development program we began in 2015, focused not just on designing a rocket but proving it out alongside the modified 747 that serves as our flying launchpad.

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