Captive Carry Beckons After LauncherOne Mated To Virgin Orbit 747-400

Credit: Virgin Orbit
Three years after refining its low-cost space launch system around a larger, more capable air-dropped rocket vehicle, Virgin Orbit is poised to begin captive-carry tests of the LauncherOne on the company’s modified Boeing 747-400 carrier aircraft, “Cosmic Girl.” The 70-ft.-long, two-stage rocket was...
Guy Norris

Guy is a Senior Editor for Aviation Week, covering technology and propulsion. He is based in Colorado Springs.

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