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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

20feballdayalldayCompany visit: Hyperion, Dawn Aerospace, HiberUITVERKOCHTEvent Type :NVR

02mar(mar 2)10:30Gravitatie en materie in zwarte gatenBerry Uiterwijk Winkel- een disruptieve benadering.

06apr(apr 6)10:30Aanloop naar Apollo: het Amerikaanse Mercury en Gemini ProgrammaPeter Batenburg

04mei(mei 4)10:30Leven op aarde en buiten onze aarde*René Demets (ESA)

01jun10:30Cassini Huyqens, 15 iaar geleden bij Saturnus en Titan*Sebastiaan de Vet (KNVWS)

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

03aug(aug 3)10:30De resultaten van 35 jaar Bradford Engineering in de ruimtevaarttechnologie*Marco vd List (Bradford Ensineerine)

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

05okt(okt 5)10:30Smart farming met satellieten*Corné Kocks íAeres)

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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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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