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Old 05-20-2020, 07:12 PM
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Virgin making first space flight Sun the 24th

they are launching from a 747 rather than the ground.
Old 05-25-2020, 06:36 PM
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Update: Virgin suffers performance issues, doesn't get it up. Cosmic Girl goes home.
Old 05-26-2020, 03:51 AM
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I totally misunderstood the thread title.
Old 05-26-2020, 05:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Darren Garrison View Post
Update: Virgin suffers performance issues, doesn't get it up. Cosmic Girl goes home.
Cosmic Girl reassures Virgin that it's nothing to get upset about; these things happen:
The main goal of today's flight, both men stressed, was to gather as much data as possible about the various Cosmic Girl and LauncherOne systems so that both can be assessed and tweaked as needed going forward.

"We see the data as the product ..."
Old 05-27-2020, 03:24 AM
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Originally Posted by panache45 View Post
I totally misunderstood the thread title.
Me too.

Isn't this The Assumption of Mary?
Old 05-27-2020, 04:25 AM
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Everybody fails their first jump. Er, launch.

I must admit, of all the newspace companies, I understand Virgin just about the least. At least among those that aren't a complete joke.
SpaceX: Not really even newspace any more. Obviously they've been wildly successful.
Rocketlab: Solid little launcher, already carved out a niche and has the significant advantage that they're flying. Also aims to be a one-stop-shop for smallsats, including a tiny third stage.
Blue Origin: Bezos' pet project. Can't really complain about a nerd with an 12-digit net worth throwing a few bucks toward a space program.
Firefly: Substantially larger payload than Rocketlab, though definitely still small. So, maybe can carve out a new niche here.
Virgin Orbit: Not much more payload than Electron. Maybe some advantage in air launch? Seems weak.

Not that I have a problem with lots of companies in this space, but I'm sure that most aren't going to last very long (some have already gone bankrupt at least once). SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Rocketlab will survive. Maaaybe there's room for one more, but I'm skeptical even of that. And once Starship is flying, all bets are off.


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