“I think (our lead in the space industry) really boils down to a balance of pursuing, with technical expertise and absolute technical integrity, having a great team, that really trusts each other so we can develop this launch vehicle and system affordable and safely. Combine with that what makes a Virgin company a Virgin company, we really embrace the culture of being open and honest with each other and how we can do things different, and how we can help you change the world — it really is having a mission focus.”

Mandy Vaughn, president of VOX Space, a Virgin Orbit subsidiary, speaking with the Journal on April 9.