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A LauncherOne test article — an entire vehicle expect for payload fairing and fins — leaves Virgin Orbit's Long Beach, California, factory for integrated stage testing. Credit: Virgin Orbit. Updated 10:00 p.m. Eastern. LUXEMBOURG CITY — Virgin Orbit announced Nov. 16 that it has received its first launch contract for a LauncherOne mission from a Defense Department agency. The company said the U.S. Air Force’s Space Test Program partnered with the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) to make the launch award to Virgin Orbit through an other transactions agreement. The launch will carry a selection of Space Test Program payloads to be chosen closer to launch. The award was the result ... Full story

21 November