Company manager Dan Hart told CNBC in an interview that he hoped that the first full launch would take place "before the end of summer." An initial commercial launch, meanwhile, may come about eight to ten weeks after that. Virgin already has six rockets at the factory, and believes it can produce "over 20" a year, Hart adds.
The relatively fast schedule is not entirely foreign. Unlike Virgin Galactic, the Orbit team does not bring vessels into space ̵