Mission Straight Up


Mission Overview

About the Mission


  • The U.S. Space Force will launch seven (7) satellites provided by multiple government agencies that will conduct experiments in space-based communications, in-space navigation, and climate change.
  • The Straight Up launch will support the United States Space Force’s STP-S28A mission. The contract to launch STP-S28A was awarded to Virgin Orbit National Systems in April 2020 by the United States Space Force as a three (3) launch mission.  
  • U.S. Space Force has procured this launch for the Rocket Systems Launch Program (RSLP), with payloads provided by the DoD Space Test Program (STP).

Launch Details


Launch Name

Straight Up; USSF Mission Number: STP-S28A


July 1, 2022

Launch Site

Mojave Air and Space Port
Mojave, California


Approximately 500km above the Earth’s surface at 45 degrees inclination


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