Virgin Orbit signs agreement to launch small satellites for the UK's Royal Air Force

Darrell Etherington
Virgin Orbit signs agreement to launch small satellites for the UK's Royal Air Force

Virgin Orbit, the small satellite launch company backed by billionaire Richard Branson, has signed an initial agreement to develop small satellite launch capabilities for the U.K.'s Royal Air Force (RAF). The deal, which is part of the RAF's Artemis project, will see Virgin Orbit aim to launch hardware provided by Guildford, U.K.-based Surrey Satellites in a demo mission.