Virgin Orbit gets launch booking from GomSpace for eight cubesats of new Aerial & Maritime Constellation

by | Jan 18, 2018 | Seradata News, Virgin Galactic

The small satellite manufactuer, GomSpace, has formally made a launch booking on the yet-to-fly VirginOne launch vehicle operated by Virgin Orbit – itself a spin off from Virgin Galactic. The flight will carry eight cubesats for Aerial & Maritime Ltd, a Mauritius based subsidiary of the firm which plans to operate an 80 satellite constellation for ship tracking and aircraft tracking from low Earth orbit using AIS and ADS-B receiver technology. The satellites will be the lead client payload on a launch which will take place in early 2019. Other satellites will share the launch.

The new launch order marks a change to the original plan to launch the first eight of the constellation on a Chinese Landspace LS-1 rocket.

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