Launch pad-plane from Virgin ready for flight tests

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Launch pad-plane from Virgin ready for flight tests

To Display small satellites into orbit a variety of ways. In the company Virgin Orbit decided to adapt for this case the Boeing 747-400, which is very much altered, having created on its base launcher. It is now called Cosmic Girl and will soon be able to launch carrier rockets LauncherOne. The plane is now preparing for the first flight tests, and in the next year to put it in the case.

The Aircraft will rise into the air along with loaded missiles and satellites to fly in the air, and then, reaching a certain height, the rocket will start from the platform and the satellite into orbit. Virgin Orbit plans to significantly reduce the costs associated with the launch of the missiles, because thanks to Cosmic Girl can not pay attention to the weather and to launch the missiles when necessary.

LauncherOne is designed to orbit small satellites, so its capacity is 300 pounds. Now Cosmic Girl tested and thoroughly examined in the hangar, and soon she must make the first flight test.

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