Jan 19, 2021

Branson’s Virgin Orbit completes first successful satellite launch

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The mission launched from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, with the drop zone taking place over the Pacific Ocean — and made LauncherOne the first liquid-fuelled and horizontally launched spacecraft to ever reach orbit.

The small satellites were deployed into low Earth orbit at an altitude of about 500km, prompting Virgin Orbit’s chief executive Dan Hart to declare: “A new gateway to space has just sprung open.”

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