Rocket Report: Virgin Orbit targets Mars, SpaceX to launch rideshares on time

Cartoon rocket superimposed over real rocket launch.

Enlarge / The mighty Delta
IV Heavy rocket takes to the skies. (credit: Aurich
Lawson/United Launch Alliance
)

Welcome to Edition 2.18 of the Rocket Report! This week has
produced a lot of news about medium-lift rockets, particularly
around the issue of commercial crew—is the hardware finally
ready?—as well as rideshare missions. There’s also some nifty
news about the Falcon 9 brute-forcing its way into a polar orbit
from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

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Virgin Orbit to launch Mars smallsat mission.
In what would be a landmark for small-satellite launch vehicles,
Virgin Orbit announced this week that it plans to become the first
private company to send cubesats to Mars. The company said it is
partnering with nearly a dozen Polish universities and a Polish
satellite maker called SatRevolution to design up to three robotic
missions to the Red Planet over the next decade,
The Verge reports
.

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Rocket Report: Virgin Orbit targets Mars, SpaceX to launch rideshares on time