- Standard clamshell design
- 300-500kg — typical mass of satellites we deliver to orbit
- 35,000 ft — typical altitude at which we release the rocket from the pylon
- Second stage engine
- 6 min run time over multiple burns
- 5,000 lbf
- 17,500 mph — typical max speed
- ~70 ft in length
- ~57,000 lbs takeoff weight, payload included
- Two stage expendable rocket
All Carbon Structures
- All-carbon composite design, including linerless tanks, minimizes mass
- Composite components built in house, giving us full control over production quantity and timing
- First stage engine
- 3 min run time
- ~75,000 lbf
- 8,000 mph – typical max speed
One pilot, one co-pilot, three flight engineers on-board for a standard mission.
Our customized 747-400 is the world’s most reusable launch stage and requires minimal maintenance.
Designed and built in-house, the pylon can carry up to 85,000 lbs.
Air launch gives LauncherOne a performance boost, igniting at Mach 0.9 and above 2/3 of the atmosphere.
The key to Virgin Orbit’s high rate of production is our vertically oriented approach combined with the close proximity of our engineering, manufacturing and payload processing operations. Centralizing our operations in Southern California has allowed us to dramatically reduce testing and development cycles relative to industry averages.
Thanks to a partnership with DMG Mori, Virgin Orbit is the proud owner of one of the first hybrid additive-subtractive manufacturing machines in the world. This revolutionary technology saves us months in production cycles, reducing the time to craft an engine thrust nozzle by an order of magnitude.
Cosmic Girl can take off from thousands of airports, but any rocket, even an air-launched one, has to meet rigorous safety standards. Our fully automated flight safety truly unlocks the flexibility only an air-launched system can deliver, as it allows us to safely expand our portfolio of launch locations.