Strong points:

  • Dress rehearsals completed, successful payload-rocket coupling
  • June 29 marks the opening of the launch window for the company’s fourth global mission
  • Is the historic UK launch slated for later this year

LONG BEACH, Calif. — June 24, 2022 — The Virgin Orbit (Nasdaq: VORB) launch system is in place at the Mojave Air and Space Port. Dress rehearsals are over and the company remains on track for its next Directly launch, with a launch window opening on June 29 at 10 p.m. PDT.

The launch will support the US Space Force’s STP-S28A mission and will carry payloads for the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Space Test Program (STP). The target orbit for Directly is about 500 km above the Earth’s surface with an inclination of 45 degrees. Virgin Orbit is the first company to achieve this feat from California with its Above the Clouds launch which completed earlier this year.

As of the date of this release, Tyler Grinnell, Vice President of Tests, Flights and Launches for Virgin Orbit, says everything is going according to plan and remains on schedule in preparation for the company’s fourth mission.

“Our hardware is in excellent condition and the team is performing exceptionally well as we prepare for our first night launch,” Grinnell said. “The perspective we gained from each previous launch is really paying off now. Our teams in the sky and on the ground are ready to continue our mission to get our customers’ satellites precisely where they need to go.

To follow the launch and get real-time updates and information on the launch day public live stream, follow Virgin Orbit on LinkedInTwitter @virginorbitand on Instagram @virgin.orbit.

About Virgin Orbit

Virgin Orbit (Nasdaq: VORB) 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 put commercial, civilian, national security and international satellites into orbit. Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rockets are designed and manufactured in Long Beach, Calif., and are launched from a modified 747-400 carrier aircraft that allows Virgin Orbit to operate from locations around the world to better respond to needs of each client. Learn more at and visit us on LinkedIn, on Twitter @virginorbit and on Instagram @virgin.orbit.

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Linda Rivera
Senior Communications Officer, Virgin Orbit
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