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 gently lifted into place and connected for the first time to the specially designed pylon under the 747’s left wing at the company’s Long Beach, California, site on ...


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