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Virgin Orbit's first launch could happen later this month

2 monthes ago   |   By Spaceflight Now

Virgin Orbit's carrier jet, named Cosmic Girl, takes off April 12 from the Mojave Air and Space Port with the LauncherOne rocket under its left wing. Credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Virgin Orbit could attempt its first orbital test launch later this month over the Pacific Ocean southwest of Los Angeles, capping a development program for an air-launched small satellite carrier that began in earnest eight years ago.
The small satellite launch company, part of Richard Branson's Virgin Group, entered the final phase of pre-flight testing last week with a ground fueling test of its first...
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