Work to convert the former Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400 into the carrier aircraft at L3 Platform Integration in Waco, Texas, is roughly three-quarters done and on track for completion by midyear, says Kevin Sagis, LauncherOne chief engineer. The work is focusing on beefing up the inboard port wing skin, spars and ribs to handle loads of 85,000 lb. “It has been designed for the growth path of the LauncherOne, and we added some margin,” he notes. The current drop mass, including ...

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