GRAPEVINE, TEXAS—Private discussions between the U.S. Air Force and the commercial space launch industry broke onto a public stage on Oct. 27. Virgin Orbit founder Richard Branson joined Air Mobility Command chief Gen. Maryanne Miller on stage as a surprise guest speaker at the annual conference of the Airlift Tanker Association here.  The purpose of Branson’s on-stage presence was a discussion about how to apply innovation in the air mobility forces, but it ended with a ...


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