Virgin Orbit, has released photos of Launch rocket attached to the Boeing 747-400 for the first time.
The company has developed a air-launched “LauncherOne” rocket, which will be carried by a dedicated Boeing 747-400 called ‘Cosmic Girl’.
Cosmic Girl will carry LauncherOne to an altitude of approximately 35,000 feet before release for its rocket-powered flight to orbit. The mission offers mobile launch from an airplane, rather than a traditional ground-based launch pad.
Once released from the carrier aircraft, the LauncherOne rocket fires up its single main stage engine, for approximately three minutes. After stage separation, the single upper stage engine, will carry the satellite(s) into orbit. Typically, the second stage will execute multiple burns totaling nearly six minutes.
At the end of this sequence, LauncherOne will deploy the satellite/s into the desired orbit.