Virgin Orbit announced today it received FAA authorization for the late-load addition of Spire Global’s ADLER-1 satellite in less than 36-hours, joining a growing movement to address the issue of space debris in record time.
LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA — 09 DECEMBER, 2021 — Leading launch company Virgin Orbit, which has announced a planned business combination with special purpose acquisition company NextGen Acquisition Corp. II (“NextGen”) (NASDAQ: NGCA), has announced alongside space-based data and analytics provider Spire Global, Inc. (“Spire”) (NYSE: SPIR) that they have received waiver approval from the Federal Aviation Authority to include Spire on Virgin Orbit’s upcoming launch. The satellite, which was integrated at Virgin Orbit’s Long Beach facility within 36 hours, will fly as the third customer in the previously announced Above the Clouds mission, scheduled for mid-December 2021 to mid-January 2022.
Going from idea to orbit in less than one year, ADLER-1 is developed by Spire in partnership with the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) and Findus Venture GmbH and has demonstrated the speed at which satellites can be developed. ADLER-1 is also part of a growing movement to address the issue of dangerous space debris and to improve sustainability in Low Earth Orbit. The 30x10x10 cm satellite will study the micro space debris environment in Low Earth Orbit to complement the space debris models by obtaining in-situ data.
“It’s flat-out amazing!” said Dan Hart, Virgin Orbit CEO. “Going from initial conversation to final selection in 20 days and from selection to integrated payload in just 36 hours, Spire’s recent addition to Above the Clouds is a great example of the flexibility of LauncherOne’s capabilities, the agility of both our teams, and the flexibility and support of the FAA in enabling rapid and responsive deployment of satellites to Low Earth Orbit.”
“Partnering with Virgin Orbit for this launch allows us to continue the accelerated pace of this important project with Findus Ventures GmbH and OeWF to study the space debris environment in Low Earth Orbit so they can verify and complement space debris models even more quickly,” said Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire.
ABOUT SPIRE GLOBAL, INC.
Spire (NYSE: SPIR) is a leading global provider of space-based data, analytics, and space services, offering access to unique datasets and powerful insights about Earth from the ultimate vantage point so that organizations can make decisions with confidence, accuracy, and speed. Spire uses one of the world’s largest multi-purpose satellite constellations to source hard to acquire, valuable data and enriches it with predictive solutions. Spire then provides this data as a subscription to organizations around the world so they can improve business operations, decrease their environmental footprint, deploy resources for growth and competitive advantage, and mitigate risk. Spire gives commercial and government organizations the competitive advantage they seek to innovate and solve some of the world’s toughest problems with insights from space. Spire has offices in San Francisco, Boulder, Washington DC, Glasgow, Luxembourg, and Singapore. To learn more, visit spire.com.
ABOUT VIRGIN ORBIT
Virgin Orbit operates one of the most flexible and responsive space launch systems ever built. Founded by Sir Richard Branson in 2017, the company began commercial service in 2021, and has already delivered commercial, civil, national security, and international satellites into orbit. Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rockets are designed and manufactured in Long Beach, California, and are air-launched from a modified 747- 400 carrier aircraft that allows Virgin Orbit to operate from locations all over the world in order to best serve each customer’s needs. On August 22, 2021, Virgin Orbit entered into a definitive agreement to combine with NextGen Acquisition Corp. II (NASDAQ: NGCA), a special purpose acquisition company, which would result in Virgin Orbit becoming a publicly listed company on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol VORB. To learn more, visit virginorbit.com
ABOUT NEXGEN ACQUISITION CORP II
NextGen Acquisition Corp. II is a blank check company whose business purpose is to effect a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. NextGen is led by George Mattson, a former Partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Gregory Summe, former Chairman and CEO of Perkin Elmer and Vice Chairman of the Carlyle Group. NextGen is listed on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “NGCA.” For more information, please visit www.nextgenacq.com.
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Media, Virgin Orbit:
Alison Patch, Senior Director of Communications
Media, Spire Global, Inc.:
Janine Kromhout, Director of Communications