December 7, 2021

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Virgin Orbit will carry 10 cubesats on its LauncherOne Demo 2 flight

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Virgin Orbit‘s LauncherOne rocket will perform in its second demonstration flight later this year, according to a company announcement. 

Virgin Orbit is designed to deliver about 1,100 lbs. (500 kilograms) of small-satellite payloads into low Earth orbit using an air-launch strategy. During operational flights, a modified Boeing 747 carrier plane carries LauncherOne up to an altitude of 35,000 feet (10,700 meters); the rocket then travels on its own into space. Virgin Orbit is part of billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. 

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