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Virgin Orbit - Cosmic Girl hopes to air launch by Y/E

Discussion in 'SpaceX' started by NikeWings, Mar 2, 2017.

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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