LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Orbit, the satellite launch company founded by Richard Branson, is targeting June for its next mission.
The Long Beach, California-based company, which conducted its first successful launch last January, said Thursday it will launch satellites into orbit for the U.S. Defense Department, the Netherlands’ air force and Poland’s SatRevolution.
The Defense Department payloads are small satellites called CubeSats. The launch was awarded to Virgin under a program intended speed up use of commercial technology by the U.S. military.
The Netherlands’ payload is also a CubeSat and is that nation’s first military satellite.