SAN ANTONIO — Looking for a large carrier aircraft to meet increased payload requirements of potential customers for its LauncherOne satellite lifter, Virgin Galactic decided on a Boeing 747 and knew just where to find one. The space start-up says it will use a 747-400 formerly operated by its sister company Virgin Atlantic Airways and modify it to carry the space launcher to an altitude of 35,000-40,000 ft., where it will be air-dropped and launched into orbit.  The 747 ...


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