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Former OneWeb Satellites CEO Joins Virgin Orbit as COO 

By Rachel Jewett | February 18, 2021

      Tony Gingiss, Virgin Orbit’s first COO. Photo: Virgin Orbit

      Virgin Orbit has tapped the former CEO of OneWeb Satellites, Tony Gingiss, as the company’s first chief operating officer (COO). In a Wednesday release, Virgin Orbit said Gingiss will oversee day-to-day operations at the company’s manufacturing facility in Long Beach, California.

      OneWeb Satellites is the joint venture between OneWeb and Airbus that manufactures the constellation’s satellites. Gingiss led the company through design, low-rate-initial production, pilot launches, and into full production. He oversaw the opening of the company’s high-volume satellite production facility in Florida in 2019. OneWeb Satellites has not yet announced a new CEO. 

      This news comes after Virgin Orbit successfully demonstrated its LauncherOne spacecraft in January, deploying 10 payloads for NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP). LauncherOne is the first orbital class, air-launched, liquid-fueled rocket to successfully reach space.

      “I’m very excited to welcome Tony to our Virgin Orbit family. His leadership, insight, and experience will be a huge asset to us as we take the next step in our journey from a team focused on R&D to a launch company focused on serving our customers,” Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart commented in the release. “Now that we’ve proven out our LauncherOne system, it’s time to scale up operations and prepare for company expansion.”