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Launch Time
Mon Jan 09, 2023 23:08 UTC

2nd stage engine failure at ~17000 km/h after 2nd stage fuel filter within the fuel feedline was dislodged from its normal position, causing lower than usual fuel flow and subsequent rise in engine combustion chamber temperature.


Virgin Orbit
Status: Retired
Price: $12.0 million
Payload to LEO: 500 kg
Stages: 2
Strap-ons: 0
Rocket Height: 16.0 m
Fairing Diameter: 1.3 m

Mission Details

Prometheus 2

Prometheus 2 are two 6U CubeSat which will provide a test platform for monitoring radio signals including GPS and sophisticated imaging, paving the way for a more collaborative and connected space communication system with allied partners. Built by In-Space Missions Ltd, based in Hampshire, and designed with Airbus Defence and Space, Prometheus-2 is a collaboration between the UK Ministry of Defence and international partners, including the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

Payloads: 2
Sun-Synchronous Orbit


The AMBER payload will be able to locate and track vessels worldwide by picking up their RF emissions using the L-Band Sat Phone detection sensor package derived from Horizon Technologies’ existing FlyingFish™ system, combined with X and S-Band sensors and an AIS receiver to detect, geolocate, and correlate these signals against the presence of AIS beacons. IOD-AMBER or IOD 3 is a British 6U-CubeSat carrying an experimental payload for Horizon Technologies.

Payloads: 1
Sun-Synchronous Orbit


ForgeStar-0, a small satellite from Space Forge will be the first satellite developed in Wales and will aim to further develop the technologies and techniques for dedicated manufacturing in space, along with reliable return testing, the satellite will enable the study of microgravity, vacuum and temperature, to create products impossible to manufacture on Earth.

Payloads: 1
Sun-Synchronous Orbit


CIRCE (Coordinated Ionospheric Reconstruction CubeSat Experiment) is part of a joint mission between the U.K.’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).

Payloads: 2
Sun-Synchronous Orbit


Developed by RHEA Group in the UK, it is the company’s first satellite in its 30-year history. The satellite is being co-funded through the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Navigation Program (NAVISP) and built by Open Cosmos of the United Kingdom. DOVER is a SmallSat that was created as a pathfinder for resilient global navigation satellite systems.

Payloads: 1
Sun-Synchronous Orbit


Oman’s first orbital mission, it is a single earth observation satellite meant to demonstrate the future feasibility of a larger constellation and was developed after a memorandum of understanding among the Sultanate of Oman, Polish Small Satellite manufacturer and operator SatRev, Poland-originated AI data analytics specialists TUATARA, and Omani-based merging technology innovator ETCO. The agreement includes additional planned small satellites, including this, the first in Oman’s history.

Payloads: 1
Sun-Synchronous Orbit


Stork-6 is the next installment of Polish Small Satellite manufacturer and operator SatRev’s STORK constellation. Virgin Orbit previously launched two spacecraft in this constellation on a previous launch and looks forward to continuing to launch SatRev’s STORK spacecraft in the future.

Payloads: 1
Sun-Synchronous Orbit


Spaceport Cornwall, Newquay Airport in Cornwall, United Kingdom



4th orbital launch attempt


6th mission
1st mission of 2023
2nd failed mission