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Virgin Orbit to Attempt Its First Rocket Launch From Jumbo Jet

25 May 2020, 09:51 UTC
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Strap a rocket to the underside of a plane. Fly it up several miles. Drop it. The engine ignites, and the rocket and its payload zoom to space.

That is what Virgin Orbit, one of the multitude of companies started by Richard Branson, plans to do Monday. It is a demonstration of a new rocket system for sending small payloads to orbit.

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