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Virgin Orbit performs LauncherOne drop test
Posted: Sat, Jul 13, 2019, 8:03 PM ET (0003 GMT)
Virgin Orbit LauncherOne drop test (Virgin Orbit) Virgin Orbit performed a successful drop test of its LauncherOne rocket Wednesday. A full-sized but inert version of the rocket was released from the company's Boeing 747 carrier aircraft to test the dynamics of the release process. The rocket fell to the ground at Edwards Air Force Base in California, as planned. The company said the test was a success and wraps up the flight test program for the aircraft. Virgin Orbit plans to perform the first orbital launch of the air-launched LauncherOne rocket later this year.
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