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Richard Branson's Virgin orbit reached space at second attempt

A rocket by Richard Branson's company - Virgin Orbit offering services to orbit satellites has reached space eight months after failing its first demostration flight, the Associated Press reported.
The more than 21 metre long Lancher Wan rocket was launched by a Boeing 747 after taking off from the Mojave Aerospace Research Center in California. The rocket is two-stage and carries a cluster of many small satellites developed as part of a NASA education program featuring American universities. The rocket has reached orbit. The launch was not broadcast live, BTA reported.

Virgin orbit's first attempt made in May, but due to technical reasons in the rocket system, it failed.

Virgin Orbit is different from Virgin Galactic - the company Branson founded to send tourists into space, which is expected to launch commercial operations this year in southern New Mexico.


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