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LAUNCHER ONE ORBITAL TEST FLIGHT (VIRGIN ORBIT), May 25, 2020, Pacific Ocean, window open 1:00-5:00 pm ET


Update, May 25, 4:05 pm ET:   The mission took place, but did not succeed.

Update, May 24, 9:30 pm ET: They now say they will try again tomorrow, May 25, during the same launch window.

Update, May 24:  The launch has been postponed.


Original Entry: Virgin Orbit will conduct its first test launch to orbit on May 24, 2020.  The air-launched rocket, LauncherOne, will be carried aloft by the 747 aircraft Cosmic Girl, departing from Mojave Air and Space Port, CA.  Once in the drop zone over the Pacific Ocean, the two-stage LauncherOne will be released, fire its engines, and deliver a test payload to orbit.

The window for this test is open from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Pacific Time (1:00-5:00 pm Eastern).

There will be no live webcast, but the company will live TWEET the event:@Virgin_Orbit




May 25
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm