Today's sequence of events for #LaunchDemo2 went exactly to plan, from safe execution of our ground ops all the way through successful full duration burns on both engines. To say we're thrilled would be a massive understatement, but 240 characters couldn't do it justice anyway.
We flew today in honor of Eve Branson, matriarch of the @richardbranson family and one of our most ardent supporters, who passed away just this month. Her name is flying among the stars today. Thanks for everything, Eve. @HollyBranson @sambranson
Payloads successfully deployed into our target orbit! We are so, so proud to say that LauncherOne has now completed its first mission to space, carrying 9 CubeSat missions into Low Earth Orbit for our friends @NASA. #LaunchDemo2
Congratulations to the @Virgin_Orbit team! A great achievement!
So we can confirm our NewtonFour upper stage engine successfully relit at the right time and for the right duration. The payload separation command was issued as planned. The team is going through the data now to confirm everything - but it’s very encouraging. Another update soon
According to telemetry, LauncherOne has reached orbit! Everyone on the team who is not in mission control right now is going absolutely bonkers. Even the folks on comms are trying really hard not to sound too excited.
The upper stage has shut down as planned and will coast for about 30 minutes. Then, NewtonFour will relight to circularize the orbit before we deploy our payload.
In both a literal and figurative sense, this is miles beyond how far we reached in our first Launch Demo.
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