Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit reaches space eight months after first

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Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit reached space on Sunday, eight months after the first demonstration flight of its air-launched rocket system failed, the company said. A 70ft LauncherOne rocket was released from beneath the wing of a Boeing 747 carrier aircraft off the coast of southern California, ignited moments later and soared toward space. The two-stage rocket carried a cluster of very small satellites known as CubeSats developed and built as part of a Nasa educational program involving US universities. Virgin Orbit is separate from Virgin Galactic, the company founded by Branson to carry passengers on suborbital hops in which they will experience the sensations and sights of spaceflight. Virgin Galactic expects to begin commercial operations this year in southern New Mexico. On Sunday the Boeing 747 took off from Mojave Air and Space port in the desert north of Los Angeles and flew out over the Pacific to a drop point beyond the Channel Islands."According to telemetry,
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