Virgin Orbit Halts Operations; Re-evaluates Virgin Orbit has halted all operations at least temporarily has it looks to reassess, secure further funding as well as modify key functions of its rocket. You may remember that at the start of the year the rocket with 9 small satellites onboard failed to reach orbit and were lost as a result. Virgin Orbit utilizes a tandem approach with a Boeing 747 named "Cosmic Girl" to fly the rocket to high altitude and launch it from its underwing pylon. They suggest there was an anomaly with a fuel filter that became dislodged during the launch sequence. A spokesperson recently said, "On the ops side, our investigation is nearly complete and our next production rocket with the needed modification incorporated is in final stages of integration and test."