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Virgin’s satellite launcher reaches orbit for first time


Virgin’s satellite launcher reaches orbit for first time An air-launched rocket built by Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reached orbit Sunday for the first time, delivering 10 experimental CubeSats for NASA and positioning the company for the start of commercial operations. The success adds another company to the growing club of private space companies capable of launching satellites. Virgin Orbit is second in a new wave of commercial small launch companies — after Rocket Lab — to accomplish the task of putting payloads in orbit.   More



(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jan 18)

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