Associated PressJuly 1, 2021 12:57:13 IST
Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit delivered satellites to space from three countries on Wednesday. This was a successful second rocket launch from an airplane.
The company’s modified 747 jet, a Cosmic Girl jet, took off from the Mojave Desert in California and carried a 21-meter rocket under its left wing. As the plane passed over the Pacific Ocean near the Channel Islands, the LauncherOne rocket peeled off, launching its engine and heading into space. The fall occurred at an altitude of about 11,000 meters.
The camera view showed a package of seven small satellites at the end of the second stage against the curve of the blue Earth. The satellites are from the US Department of Defense, the Royal Netherlands Air Force, and the Polish Sat…