Virgin’s rocket just reached orbit for the first time

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Digital Daily DownloadJanuary 19, 2021

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Virgin’s rocket just reached orbit for the first time

Virgin Orbit, the rocket company founded by billionaire Richard Branson, successfully launched satellites into space for the first time.  A total of 10 mini satellites were on board the “LauncherOne” rocket that was strapped to the wing of a modified Boeing 747. While flying over the Paciffic Ocean, the 747 flew to an altitude of 35,000 feet. The rocket that was strapped to the bottom of the 747’s wing was then released and it blasted into space just 50 miles south of the California Channel Islands. About two hours after the rocket separated from the 747, a total of 10 shoebox-sized satellites were deployed in space. Virgin Orbit attempted this same mission last year, but it failed due to technical difficulties with the rocket. Since the latest launch was a success, what does it mean for the future of space exploration? 

What are Virgin’s big plans for its next mission?

Virgin’s Orbit rocket
Image source: The Verge / Virgin Orbit

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