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"Cosmic Girl": an airplane as a launch pad for satellites

Positive the Virgin Orbit droptest

California, on July 10th.  After several months of preparations, Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit satellite launch company, launched its first major droptest using a modified Boeing 747/400 aircraft called "Cosmic Girl". This airplane  was used as  launch pad for the satellite rocket LauncherOne. The rocket was launched when the plane reached an altitude of 35,000 feet. Unlike traditional satellites, th...

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