Virgin Orbit has confirmed the company’s Boeing 747-400 based air-launched system will form a key part of the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s Artemis project to loft a small satellite constellation into low Earth orbit within a year. The announcement was widely expected following revelations earlier this week that a Royal Air Force test pilot will be assigned to the Virgin Orbit program and comes as the company nears the first powered test flight of its LauncherOne rocket. ...

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