Spaceport Cornwall expands facilities following Virgin Orbit failure

TAMPA, Fla. — Spaceport Cornwall, which provided the runway for Virgin Orbit’s failed launch from the U.K. in January, opened a new operations facility April 27 to attract more businesses in the wake of its flagship customer’s bankruptcy.
According to Spaceport Cornwall, part of the Cornwall Airport Newquay in southwestern England, 10 organizations ranging from satellite operators to software providers are interested in moving into the Space Systems Operations Facility (SSOF) in the coming weeks. 
They are Avanti Communications, Goonhilly, KISPE, D-Orbit, Exobotics, Expleo, Geospatial Ventures, Satellite Applications Catapult, Space Skills Alliance, and Intelligent AI.
The SSOF houses a clean room, making Spaceport Cornwall the only site in the U.K. where a satellite could be built, integrated, and launched.
The building sits alongside the Space Systems Integration Facility that Virgin Orbit had used to integrate satellites into its LauncherOne air-launch

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