Virgin Orbit to launch test satellites for the US and UK militaries in the first ever launch from English soil

The US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) will launch a joint mission with the UK Ministry of Defense on Virgin Orbit’s first launch from the UK.

The collaboration will see government military organizations work together on two “Prometheus 2” cubesats, which will launch among nine international rideshares from Spaceport Cornwall (on the southwest coast of England) as early as the summer.

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