Rocket Report: NASA chief sort of endorses SLS, Russia woes, Virgin Orbit

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Welcome to Edition 1.03 of the Rocket Report! This collaborative effort with readers of Ars Technica seeks to diversify our coverage of the blossoming launch industry. The Rocket Report publishes as a newsletter on Thursday and on this website every Friday morning.

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Virgin Orbit “months” away from first rocket launch. In an in-depth feature on Virgin Orbit, the company’s VP of special projects, Will Pomerantz, told Ars that the LauncherOne rocket is nearing completion. “We are getting pretty darn close,” Pomerantz said when Ars visited Virgin Orbit recently for a tour of the factory. “I’m always hesitant to put dates on it, because we’re always wrong, like everyone in the industry. But I think we’re months away.”

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Rocket Report: NASA chief sort of endorses SLS, Russia woes, Virgin Orbit