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News Archive / Tagged: Mojave

  • Virgin Orbit conducts crucial hotfire test

    Jim SharkeyMay 23rd, 2019

    Virgin Orbit announced the successful completion of a full mission duty cycle hotfire test of the first stage of its LauncherOne rocket.

  • Vector successfully launches first smallsat rocket

    Bart LeahyMay 5th, 2017

    Smallsat startup Vector Space Systems launched its first engineering test vehicle on May 3, 2017, from Friends of Amateur Rocketry site in Mojave, California. The Vector-R vehicle flew on a suborbital trajectory on only its first stage, which was powered by a 5,000-pound-force (22-kilonewton) thrust engine with a 3-D-printed injector.

  • Virgin Galactic’s Unity makes successful test run

    Larry KlaesSeptember 9th, 2016

    Virgin Galactic, the commercial space wing of Virgin Group, Ltd., has begun its recovery from a fatal flight accident, nearly two years ago, with the successful first test flight of its newest SpaceShipTwo class spaceplane, the Virgin Space Ship (VSS) Unity, on Thursday, Sept. 8, above the Mojave Desert in California.