Virgin Orbit’s Cosmic Girl and a LauncherOne flight. Photo is courtesy of the company.
As Virgin Orbit‘s first customer payloads take their victory laps around the Earth, the company is already looking ahead to the upcoming missions set to fly on LauncherOne later this year.
In the wake of the successful Launch Demo 2 mission in January, Virgin Orbit has since announced the addition of two exciting new customers to the launch manifest: SatRevolution, a satellite company based in Poland, and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF).
SatRevolution has tasked the company with launching their first pair of smallsats — STORK-4 and STORK-5 (nicknamed MARTA) — of their 14-satellite STORK constellation. Once deployed, STORK-4 and MARTA will collect multi-spectral medium-resolution imagery and data for agricultural and energy customers in the US, in Poland and abroad.
SatRevolution’s broader ambition is to become the largest worldwide operator of Earth Observation(EO) satellites, with a plan in motion to launch more than 1,000 satellites to LEO by 2026 to provide round-the-clock data collection.