Tuesday, July 12, 2022

"STRAIGHT UP!"—A Virgin Orbit Launch Film

"STRAIGHT UP!"—A Virgin Orbit Launch Film

On July 1, 2022, Virgin Orbit completed their fourth consecutive satellite launch mission, named "Straight Up." This launch carried seven satellites to Low Earth Orbit for the United States Space Force (USSF), who procured this launch for the Rocket Systems Launch Program, with payloads provided by the Department of Defense Space Test Program (STP).

 Virgin Orbit’s fully mobile LauncherOne system conducted its first ever evening flight from a bare concrete pad and a runway at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. The launch began at 10:50 p.m. local time, Friday, July 1, and concluded with the successful deployment of all seven payloads at approximately 12:55 a.m. Pacific on the morning of July 2, completing the company’s first nighttime demonstration of the company’s responsive space launch capabilities.

 The launch’s name, Straight Up, is inspired by American singer Paula Abdul’s breakthrough song from her debut studio album, Forever Your Girl. Released through Virgin Records on June 21,1988, it was the most successful debut album ever at the time of its release. The iconic dance-pop tune has remained Abdul’s biggest international hit to date.

Credit: Virgin Orbit

Duration: 2 minutes, 39 seconds

Release Date: July 12, 2022

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