LONDON—A British Royal Air Force (RAF) test pilot is to be seconded to Virgin Orbit as part of UK plans to expand its defense domain into space. Flt. Lt. Mathew Stannard, a Eurofighter Typhoon pilot with 41 Sqdn, one of the UK’s fast jet test and evaluation units, will join the Virgin Orbit horizontal launch program next year, working with the company’s test pilots flying the Boeing 747-400 from which Virgin’s LauncherOne satellite launcher is ...


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