Ir Virgin Orbit, which is planning a satellite launch project using airborne rocket aerial launching, has been working with Oita Prefecture to realize a spaceport for taking off aircraft.Partnershipdid. Aim to launch in early 2022 using Oita Airport.
Oita Airport, Asia's first spaceport [Source: Virgin Orbit]
Virgin Orbit is developing a "LauncherOne" system that mounts an aerial launch vehicle on the Boeing 747-400, launches the rocket after reaching altitude, and launches a small satellite. Oita Airport was selected as the first airfield in Asia for this purpose.
Oita Prefecture, through a partnership with Virgin Orbit, will support local companies in the fields of steel, petrochemicals, semiconductors and automobiles to advance into the space industry.