A crucial test launch of Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit, a two-stage, orbital rocket system, was postponed Sunday.
We completed fueling of our LauncherOne rocket yesterday for our Launch Demo. Everything has been proceeding smoothly: team, aircraft, & rocket are in excellent shape. However, we have one sensor that is acting up. Out of an abundance of caution, we are offloading fuel to address— Virgin Orbit (@Virgin_Orbit) May 24, 2020
This means we are scrubbed for today. Currently, it appears we’ve got a straightforward path to address this minor sensor issue and recycle quickly. The crew are already hard at work putting that plan into action. We’ll provide an update on the new launch target later today.— Virgin Orbit (@Virgin_Orbit) May 24, 2020