LauncherOne, a two-stage, air-launched rocket in development by Virgin Orbit, is not aiming to break records for highest thrust, performance or lift capacity. Instead, Virgin Orbit, a sister company to the nearby Mojave, California-based Virgin Galactic, has developed a simple booster, fueled by liquid oxygen and kerosene, designed for quick, consistent fabrication and reliable flight to orbits up to about 750 mi. (1,200 km) above Earth, depending on payload mass, launch latitude and launch ...

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