Startup small satellite launch company Virgin Orbit on July 10 completed what it expects to be the final unpowered flight test of its two-stage, liquid-fueled LauncherOne expendable rocket, clearing the way for a trial run to space possibly by late summer. With the rocket attached beneath its wing, Virgin Orbit’s customized 747-400 carrier aircraft “Cosmic Girl” took off from California’s  Mojave Air and Space Port at 8:43 a.m. local time/11:43 p.m. EDT and ...


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