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that connects space professionals, future space professional
and enthusiasts, and promotes space in the Netherlands.

Virgin Orbit’s “flying launchpad” completes first captive carry flight

On 19 November 2018 , a new sight appeared in the baby-blue skies over Southern California: A specially modified 747-400 carrying a 70-foot-long rocket under its wing soared through the air as part of a successful test flight for Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne. Sir Richard Branson’s small satellite launch company completed a flawless test flight, proving that its carbon-fiber two-stage rocket works perfectly as a pair with Cosmic Girl, the customized former passenger aircraft that serves as the company’s ‘flying launch pad.’ The successful test puts more air under the wings—and fins—of the company’s plans to reach orbit in early 2019.

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Symposium organized by the Netherlands Space Society
in collaboration with SpaceNed
November 28th 2018
NLR Amsterdam

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Upcoming events

06jul(jul 6)10:30Hoe Nederland 50 jaar geleden het Apollo programma en de Maanlanding beleefdePiet Smolders en Zeholy Pronk (NRM)

03aug(aug 3)10:30Brabantse MKB laat sporen na in de ruimteMarco vd List (Bradford Ensineering)

07sep(sep 7)16:28Plastic van de maan!Arnout Schaap (Recycle vallev)

05okt(okt 5)10:30Smart farming met satellietenC.G. (Corné) Kocks en A.J. (Alfred) Pot, Aeres Hogeschool Dronten

09nov(nov 9)10:30De geboorte van de maan*Henny Lamers

07dec(dec 7)10:30De toekomst van de maan*Erik Laan

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The Netherlands Space Society (NVR) is the gateway to the Dutch aerospace.

NVR has approximately a 1000 members. They include aerospace professionals, students, and people with a personal interest. As of today, the association has been around for over 60 years. Yet, it remains in touch with the newest Dutch and international developments surrounding space and astronautics. The NVR aims to be an association for all ages, and the network for anyone excited by modern aerospace and space travel.

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