It’s a significant turning point. NASA is backing this as component of its Venture Class Release Solutions program implied to explore brand-new (and also with any luck lower-priced) methods of bringing hauls to room. While Virgin still has a means to precede it’s routinely supplying its solutions, the success can decrease the prices of fielding satellites and also provide an option when smaller straight-to-space rockets aren’t an option.
According to telemetry, LauncherOne has actually reached orbit! Every person on the group that is not in mission control now is going absolutely bonkers. Also the folks on comms are trying really hard not to sound too thrilled.
— Virgin Orbit (@Virgin_Orbit) January 17, 2021