Virgin Orbit targets 2018 for first flight of its airborne rocket launch pad

Virgin Orbit, one of the Virgin family of space-focused companies that includes Virgin Galactic, is looking to flight its modified 747-400 aircraft for the first time in 2018 (via SpaceNews). Virgin Orbit has reconfigured the aircraft, dubbed ‘Cosmic Girl,’ with a mount point for its LauncherOne expendable two-stage rocket, letting that spacefaring craft launch mid-flight…

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