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Virgin Orbit seeks bankruptcy bid extension

Virgin Orbit, in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, has asked its bankruptcy court to delay the deadline for prospective bidders to make their intentions known. Virgin Orbit says that more time was needed to iron out some details and to give more time to get a deal done. Virgin Orbit had originally set May 14th for […]

May 15, 2023By Chris Forrester

Virgin rocket fizzles out

Sir Richard Branson’s rocket company Virgin Orbit has filed for bankruptcy in the US after failing to secure new investment. The satellite launch company had already halted operations and laid-off staff but says it hopes to find a buyer for the business. In truth, it was always an also-ran contender in the competitive launch business […]

April 4, 2023

Virgin Orbit “undone by mismanagement”

Barely 18 months ago, Virgin Orbit was valued at $3.7 billion. Its share price on March 31st valued the aircraft-based rocket launch business as being worth just $0.20 per share, and a market capitalisation of just $66 million. There seems little prospect of the business escaping bankruptcy. Virgin Orbit has laid off almost all of […]

April 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

Virgin Galactic loses $500m

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic business has reported a significant trading loss for 2022. The company said it remained “on track” to start carrying paying passengers in its space tourism business despite racking up $500 million in losses last year. The losses, specifically at Virgin Galactic Holdings, amount to $500 million compared to a loss […]

March 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

Virgin Orbit raises $10m in emergency funding

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit satellite launch business has raised a financial stop-gap of $10 million (€9.1m), according to a filing with the US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) on January 30th. The cash comes from a sister – but separate – company, Virgin Investments Limited (VIL), the investment arm of the Branson’s Virgin Group. […]

February 3, 2023

Major loss for Virgin Orbit

Virgin Orbit failed on its debut British launch mission. Its heavily modified ‘Cosmic Girl’ 747 aircraft took off on time in the evening of January 9th from Spaceport Cornwall, complete with its LauncherOne rocket strapped under its port wing. But the rocket failed to work as designed. The LauncherOne’s second stage suffered a technical “anomaly” […]

January 10, 2023By Chris Forrester

Branson docuseries on Sky and NOW in December

The four-part docuseries Branson, directed by Chris Smith (100 Foot Wave), debuts in the UK on December 4th on Sky Documentaries and streaming service NOW. Sixteen days before Richard Branson is scheduled to make a potentially historic flight as the first passenger to reach space in his own spacecraft in July 2021, the billionaire entrepreneur sits […]

November 14, 2022

Virgin Orbit secures Korea contract

Sir Richard Branson-backed Virgin Orbit business has won a partnership contract from South Korean investment group, J-Space, to develop a launch site plan, paving the path for expanded space markets and new investor opportunities in South Korea and the surrounding region. The agreement allows the companies to assess candidate spaceport launch sites in South Korea, […]

August 11, 2022By Chris Forrester

Virgin Orbit readies ‘straight up’ launch mission

Virgin Orbit has been rehearsing its launch plans and on June 29th there is a window open to place its client’s satellite into orbit under Virgin’s ‘straight up’ plan. The launch calls for Virgin Orbit to place the US Space Force’s STP-S28A mission and carry payloads for the Department of Defense (DOD) Space Test Programme […]

June 27, 2022By Chris Forrester

Virgin Galactic signs 800 future astronauts

Space tourism business Virgin Galactic says around 800 would-be “astronauts” have made reservations for one of its sub-orbital flights. That might be the best news for the Sir Richard Branson-backed company which declared a delay to its passenger flights (to Q1/2023) and a net loss of $93 million for Q1 this year ($130 million loss […]

May 9, 2022