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Fri, 14 June 2019

Virgin Orbit Signs MOU with ANA Holdings

Virgin Orbit, Sir Richard Branson's small satellite launch company, has signed an agreement with ANA Holdings to bring the company's LauncherOne service to Japan.

Subject to U.S. Government regulatory approvals, Virgin Orbit's unique and responsive system - which uses a 747 widebody jet as a 'flying launch pad' for its rocket - will complement existing Japanese ground launch vehicles.

Under the terms of the MOU, ANA will evaluate the capabilities to provide aircraft and ground support equipment maintenance and potentially additional aircraft to support Virgin Orbit's local launch operations, as well as logistics and transport services for Virgin Orbit's broader launch operations across Asia.

Virgin Orbit, Sir Richard Branson's small satellite launch company, has signed an agreement with ANA Holdings to bring the company's LauncherOne service to Japan. Subject to U.S. Government regulatory approvals, Virgin Orbit's unique and responsive system - which uses a 747 widebody jet as a 'flying launch pad' for its rocket - will complement existing Japanese ground launch vehicles. Click to enlarge.

 ANA and Virgin Orbit will also partner with Space Port Japan to select and establish an ideal launch site to host LauncherOne operations in Japan.

"Japan has long been a global source of innovation and a leader in space, and with the small satellite market growing so impressively, we are seeing countless new satellite applications and businesses emerge in the region. With this new partnership, we're excited to bring LauncherOne's unique responsiveness and flexibility to Asia for the first time," said Virgin Orbit CEO, Dan Hart, "ANA has the respect and trust of customers around the world—and we look forward to working closely with them to stimulate the small satellite market in Japan."

Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne system is now in the final phases of testing, after successfully demonstrating all major assemblies with multiple flight vehicles in production. Having just entered its final series of captive carry flights with a test rocket mated to the wing, Virgin Orbit is on track to conduct its first orbital test flight later this year.

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