LONG BEACH—Virgin Orbit’s modified Boeing 747-400 carrier aircraft, Cosmic Girl, is being readied for a series of ground and flight tests in the build-up towards captive-carry evaluations of the company’s LauncherOne small satellite launch vehicle. The initial ground test phase will begin in early August and follows delivery of the former Virgin Atlantic Airways 747 to the company’s Long Beach, California, headquarters on July 31. The aircraft arrived after ...

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