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SatRev Signs Deal for More Virgin Orbit Launches 

By Rachel Jewett | February 3, 2023

Virgin Orbit’s “Above the Clouds” launch on Jan. 13, 2022. Photo: Virgin Orbit

Poland-based satellite manufacturer SatRev signed a follow-on launch services agreement with Virgin Orbit for additional launches in 2023 and beyond. Under the new agreement, SatRev has the option to launch 500 kg over multiple launches to a variety of different orbital planes. 

The launches can take place from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California and/or from other international launch sites as they come online. Virgin Orbit and SatRev anticipate launching a new batch of SatRev’s satellites as soon as 2023.

The new launch contract comes after the company raised an additional $10 million from an investment firm owned by Sir Richard Branson, Ars Technica and other outlets reported. The launcher is in the process of investigating an anomaly that led to its first failure of commercial service during last month’s launch from the U.K. 

SatRev is an existing customer of Virgin Orbit and was a customer on the failed mission. 

“This 3-year partnership further solidifies our commitment to providing reliable and cost-effective access to space for our customers. With Virgin Orbit’s proven track record in the industry, we are confident that this collaboration will drive innovation and bring new opportunities for growth. We are excited to work together and bring our shared vision for the future of satellite launch to life,” commented SatRev CEO Grzegorz Zwoliński.