On board Virgin Orbit’s flying launchpad

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Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit is taking an unusual approach to putting satellites in space: the company wants to launch them in midair off the wing of a Boeing 747. We toured the prototype jet that’ll send the first satellites into space, and asked Virgin Orbit’s pilot what it’s like to fly a jumbo jet with a rocket strapped to it.

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