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Discussion in 'SpaceX' started by NikeWings, Mar 2, 2017.
Richard Branson starting a new venture dedicated to launching small satellites into space
Virgin Galactic has been thinking along these same lines for years. The White Knight plane flies to 50,000 feet and can drop a 37,000 lb. payload from that height. It effectively means you can save a lot of fuel since your booster can be a single stage to orbit missile. It can only handle very small satellites though due to weight limitations.
Hybrid rockets don't scale, and liquid fueled rocket needs support which are extremely hard and complex to build in to the carrier plane, or hazardous/toxic hypergolics. Example OrbitalATK's Pegasus uses solids. I don't know how Virgin Orbit going to make LOX/RP-1 work for this.
Pegasus have 3-4 stages + Plane. LauncherOne 2 stages + Plane.