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Virgin Orbit is buying 2 more rocket-launching planes

Virgin Orbit is buying two more planes that will help get satellites to the final frontier.

The company, part of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, delivers small satellites to orbit using a rocket called LauncherOne. The rocket leaves Earth tucked beneath the wing of a carrier airplane, which drops it at an altitude of about 35,000 feet (10,700 meters). This air-launch strategy increases flexibility and responsiveness, Virgin Orbit representatives say.

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