Friday, December 04, 2015

Virgin Galactic to Hurl Rockets to Space From Boeing 747 Jet - Bloomberg Business

New from Branson's vertically-integrated family of companies

"Virgin Galactic, the commercial space company founded by the billionaire, plans to send small rockets inflight from the Boeing 747-400 nicknamed “Cosmic Girl” that it purchased from Branson’s airline.
Branson is among the entrepreneurs vying to shake up the $6 billion commercial launch business known for years-long waits to loft $200 million satellites. Instead of firing large boosters from conventional pads, the new rocketeers are working to loft smaller craft from planes and remote locations in Texas or the South Pacific.
“Air launch enables us to provide rapid, responsive service to our satellite customers on a schedule set by their business and operational needs, rather than the constraints of national launch ranges,” George Whitesides, Virgin Galactic’s chief executive officer, said in a statement Thursday."
Virgin Galactic to Hurl Rockets to Space From Boeing 747 Jet - Bloomberg Business
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