Welcome to Edition 2.43 of the Rocket Report! This is probably the longest report we’ve published, and it’s due to the surfeit of news in the world of launch. So much is happening, especially on the small side of things, and we’re doing our best to stay on top of things.
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Virgin Orbit targeting first launch this month? Virgin Orbit could attempt its first orbital test launch later this month over the Pacific Ocean southwest of Los Angeles, Spaceflight Now reports. This launch would cap a development program for an air-launched small-satellite carrier that began in earnest eight years ago. A dedicated mission on LauncherOne costs $12 million.