The Virgin Group has started a new company, Virgin Orbit, which will launch small satellites into orbit from a horizontal launch system.

The system will use a two-stage rocket, named LauncherOne, from a 747-400 carrier aircraft, named Cosmic Girl flying at 35,000ft. The LauncherOne will be able to carry payloads of up to 660lb to a 310-mile Sun-synchronous orbit.

19 May 2017