While Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is leading the way in space tourism, its subsidiary, Virgin Orbit, is making its own push for dominance in satellites by bringing in the most efficient rates possible at the lowest cost.
According to Tyler Grinnell, Virgin Orbit’s new vice president of flight and launch activities, the satellite launch market is growing at “the highest rate ever.”
“With the increase in customers, there is a need to evolve satellite imagery,” Grinnell told Fox Business in an exclusive interview. “So our services are definitely needed and needed around the world right now and we are growing to meet the demands of customers.”
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Grinnell joined Virgin Orbit after spending 12 years at Elon Musk’s rival SpaceX, where he rose through the ranks from launch engineer to director of launch and recovery operations.
As Director of Launch and Recovery Operations, Grinnell oversaw SpaceX’s team of engineers, technicians and support staff providing integrated launch, recovery, and pad operations for the Falcon 9 and Dragon vehicles, which oversaw 20 missions over 12 months. Has carried out successful missions, as well as the successful launch and recovery of the first commercial crewed astronauts. Prior to SpaceX, he held roles at both Boeing and NASA at the Kennedy Space Center.
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Grinnell says he was attracted to Virgin Orbit’s “highly developmental” nature and wanted to help the aerospace company become “fully operational”.
“When I was at SpaceX, we were very successful in doing that,” Grinnell said. “However, I really saw the need elsewhere in the space companies and Virgin Orbit in particular has a platform like no other.”
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Virgin Orbit uses a technology called air launch, in which its 70-foot, 57,000-pound LauncherOne rocket is launched at an altitude of 35,000 feet from under the wing of a 747-400 jet aircraft, instead of a conventional launch, called Cosmic It’s called Girl. pad on the ground.
After a 4-second freefall, LauncherOne’s first stage engine ignites, accelerating the rocket to more than 8,000 mph. From there, the second-stage engine propels the LauncherOne to a maximum speed of 17,500 mph.
In addition to improving the rocket’s payload capability, the technology allows LauncherOne to reach any orbit at short notice and fly from a variety of locations. LauncherOne can carry satellite payloads weighing 300 to 500 kg.
On June 30, Virgin Orbit made its second successful launch, sending 7 satellites into orbit for the Department of Defense’s space test program, Poland’s Satrevolution and the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
A few days later, billionaire Branson made history by blasting off into space, setting up Jeff Bezos, who is slated for the same on Tuesday.
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While Grinnell says Virgin Orbit is in talks with “a number of potential spaceports around the world on a weekly basis” to bring LauncherOne’s services, where satellite market demand is highest, the company’s primary launch operation is the Mojave in California. are out of the air and spaceport. Will join Virgin Orbit’s international launch site partners Cornwall, Englandhandjob Japanthe island of Guam, and Brazil.
Under Grinnell’s direction, Virgin Orbit is gearing up for another satellite launch in the fourth quarter of this year, followed by a busy two years.
“Next year, we expect to be just in double digits with launches and almost double next year,” he added.
Will work with Virgin Orbit UK based Archit Ltd., a leader in quantum encryption technology, to launch two satellites into low-Earth orbit starting in 2023. It will also work with defense and security company QinetiQ and geospatial analytics company Hypersat. six satellites In low Earth orbit no earlier than 2023.