Friday, October 26, 2018

Virgin Orbit moves closer to launching a rocket to space from a 747

On Wednesday, Virgin Orbit attached its prototype rocket, LauncherOne, to a modified 747 for the first time at an airport in Long Beach, California. The company hopes to send the rocket into orbit early next year.

LauncherOne is 70 feet long and weighs 57,000 pounds. It’s designed to carry small satellites into orbit around Earth. But instead of blasting off directly from the ground like a typical rocket, LauncherOne will start its journey on a runway.

Photo: Virgin Orbit

The rocket was attached to Cosmic Girl, a 747 that used to carry passengers as part of the Virgin Atlantic fleet.

“The team were carrying out the integration check of the rocket with Cosmic Girl to verify mechanical, electrical, software, and...

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