今日の英語の習慣化の題材は、Virgin Orbit社が今月 (June) 末に機体発射タイプでの打ち上げを計画しています。更にその様子をYouTubeで実況する見たいです。これまで公開されてなかったVirgin Orbit... 見ものですね！
Orbital launch company Virgin Orbit has scheduled its next mission to space.
Virgin Orbit will be returning its LauncherOne rocket to orbit in June to deliver payloads for the U.S. Department of Defense Space Test Program, SatRevolution and the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
The manifest includes three CubeSat satellites as part of the DoD’s Rapid Agile Launch Initiative; a CubeSat satellite called BRIK II, Norway’s first military satellite to go to space; and two optical imaging satellites from SatRevolution for Earth observation. DoD awarded the launch to Virgin Orbit’s defense-focused subsidiary VOX Space last April.
LauncherOne will take its payload to a target orbit of around 310 miles above Earth.
This will be LauncherOne’s first take-off since a demonstration mission in January, during which the LauncherOne carried satellites to low Earth orbit on behalf of NASA. That most recent demonstration was the first time Virgin Orbit proved that its unique hybrid aircraft/orbital rocket system actually works. The first try, which took place in May of last year, ended after the rocket initiated an automatic safety shutdown after detaching from the Boeing 747 that takes it to launch altitude.