MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Author
Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit delivered satellites from three countries into home Wednesday, its 2d a hit rocket originate from a plane.
The firm’s modified 747 jet dubbed Cosmic Girl jet took off from California’s Mojave Desolate tract, carrying the 70-foot (21-meter) rocket below its left flit. As soon as the plane became over the Pacific near the Channel Islands, the LauncherOne rocket peeled away, then fired its engine to head to home. The tumble occurred at an altitude of about 37,000 feet (11,000 meters).