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Virgin performs full-duration hotfire test. On
Tuesday, Virgin Orbit announced
that it had performed the “final full-duration, full-scale,
full-thrust—hell, full everything—test firing” of its
LauncherOne rocket’s first stage. The firing lasted for more than
180 seconds and was entirely successful, the company reported.
Virgin said the rocket, which will be launched from beneath the
wing of an airplane, was within an “arm’s reach” of its first
orbital flight test.
Source: FS – All – Science – News
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