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Virgin Orbit Visit


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Virgin Orbit is at the forefront of hybrid manufacturing, automated flight safety systems, composite structures and ultra-responsive launch operations, cutting edge developments that allows them to offer unparalleled service to the small satellite market.

Date and Time

17 March 2018 - 11:15-12:15


Long Beach, United States - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the N America:USA-S.California local network. Contact richard.tregaskes@ietvolunteer.org for more information.

About this event

Virgin Orbit is in the final stages of testing and preparation for LauncherOne, a two-stage, expendable, LOX/RP-1 rocket that launches from our mobile air launch pad, a dedicated 747-400 carrier aircraft, called Cosmic Girl.

Cosmic Girl will carry LauncherOne to an altitude of approximately 35,000 feet before release for its rocket-powered flight to orbit. Starting each mission with an airplane rather than a traditional groundbased launch pad offers performance benefits in terms of payload capacity, but more importantly, air-launch offers an unparalleled level of flexibility.

LauncherOne will operate from a variety of locations independently of traditional launch ranges—which are often congested with traffic—and will have the ability to operate through or around weather conditions and other impediments that delay traditional launches.

This visit will allow attendees to visit the facility where LauncherOne is being designed and built. LauncherOne is built from a blend of classic, proven techniques and tailored high-tech investments. Both the NewtonThree and the NewtonFour are highly reliable liquid rocket engines designed, tested, and built by Virgin Orbit.


1100 Arrival
1115 Tour starts
1215 Tour finishes
1230 Optional lunch at a local restaurant

Reasons to attend

For those that have missed out on our other space themed events and visits, this is an opportunity to learn how Virgin Orbit is planning on launching small satellitees into orbit from a rocket attached to a 747.

Continuing Professional Development

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This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.



Additional information

Attendees must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders)

Attendees must wear closed toe shoes

No photography is allowed.

Registration information

Please register using the link


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