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Opening space for good by launching satellites from the wing of a 747. No biggie. Founded by @RichardBranson. Proud member of the @Virgin family.

Long Beach, CA

Joined on 2 December, 2016

http://www.virginorbit.com

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Our favorite rocket is orbiting our favorite planet! No sweeter feeling.

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Quoted @Virgin_Orbit

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.

Replying to @GavinNewsom: Congratulations to @Virgin_Orbit -- an amazing achievement from the coast of the most innovative state in the world, CA!

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A word from our CEO, Dan Hart.

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Okay, maybe A LOT of champagne. Shoutout to 2020. #LaunchDemo2

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Our engineers now have a ton of data to sift through... but first, maybe some champagne as a toast for Eve! We'll have more precise stats to share in the coming days.

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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

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Congratulations to @Virgin_Orbit -- an amazing achievement from the coast of the most innovative state in the world, CA!

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Replying to @JimBridenstine: Congratulations to the @Virgin_Orbit team! A great achievement!

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Quoted @Virgin_Orbit

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!

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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 itโ€™s very encouraging. Another update soon

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Still monitoring the upper stage the see whether the payloads have successfully deployed. Weโ€™ll have an update soon.

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Confirming that Cosmic Girl and our flight crew have safely landed back at Mojave.

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Just heard from our dish at O'Higgins in Antarctica. The upper stage is still on track and systems are looking nominal.

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Quoted @Virgin_Orbit

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.

Replying to @Dr_ThomasZ: I know there are more steps and burns today. But, what an amazing achievement already today, team @Virgin_Orbit! #congratsโ€ฆ

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I know there are more steps and burns today. But, what an amazing achievement already today, team @Virgin_Orbit! #congrats ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿš€

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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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Stage two burn nominal. Two minutes to SECO-1.

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NewtonFour still burning bright!

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