IPO Edge and the Palm Beach Hedge Fund Association hosted a fireside chat with the CEO of Virgin Orbit, LLC to discuss the company’s space launch offerings, technology and related advantages, massive TAM opportunity, and the pending business combination with NextGen Acquisition Corp. II (NASDAQ: NGCA). The event featured Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart, joined by IPO Edge Editor-in-Chief John Jannarone and Editor-at-Large Jarrett Banks in a moderated video session lasting approximately 60 minutes including a Q&A with the audience.
Virgin Orbit operates one of the most flexible and responsive space launch systems ever built. Founded by Sir Richard Branson in 2017, the company began commercial service in 2021, and has already delivered commercial, civil, national security, and international satellites into orbit. Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rockets are designed and manufactured in Long Beach, California, and are air-launched from a modified 747- 400 carrier aircraft that allows Virgin Orbit to operate from locations all over the world in order to best serve each customer’s needs. On August 22, 2021, Virgin Orbit entered into a definitive agreement to combine with NextGen Acquisition Corp. II (NASDAQ: NGCA), a special purpose acquisition company, which would result in Virgin Orbit becoming a publicly listed company on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol VORB. To learn more, visit virginorbit.com.
NextGen Acquisition Corp. II (NASDAQ: NGCA) is a blank check company whose business purpose is to effect a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. NextGen is led by George Mattson, a former Partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Gregory Summe, former Chairman and CEO of Perkin Elmer and Vice Chairman of the Carlyle Group. NextGen is listed on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “NGCA.” For more information, please visit www.nextgenacq.com.
Mr. Hart discussed:
- Company Overview
- Service Offerings
- Technology & Related Advantages
- Massive TAM Opportunity
About the Speaker:
Dan Hart joined Virgin Orbit, LLC as its President in March 2017, and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Orbit, LLC since June 2017. Upon consummation of the Business Combination, Mr. Hart will serve as a member of the Virgin Orbit Board. From 1983 until he joined Virgin Orbit, LLC, Mr. Hart held various aerospace leadership roles at Boeing, where he most recently served as Vice President of Government Satellite Systems. In that position, he oversaw Boeing’s government satellite programs, while developing and managing missions for the DoD, NASA, NOAA, and other national programs. Mr. Hart’s portfolio included marquee programs such as Global Positioning System (“GPS”), Wideband Global SATCOM, the Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) system, and the X-37spaceplane. Mr. Hart holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the State University of New York at Albany and attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. We believe that Mr. Hart is qualified to serve as a member of the Virgin Orbit Board because of his experience and track record of success as Chief Executive Officer at Virgin Orbit, LLC and elsewhere in the aerospace industry, as well as his knowledge and extensive experience in the aerospace industry and with satellite programs.
Jarrett Banks, Editor-at-Large