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Virgin Galactic has an old-new vehicle for launching satellites into space: A Boeing 747-400 commercial jet, previously used by Virgin Atlantic

According to Virgin Galactic, the Boeing — affectionately nicknamed Cosmic Girl — will serve as a dedicated ride into space for the company’s LauncherOne satellite-launching rocket.

The Boeing will be modified to carry LauncherOne under its left wing — a spot where 747s typically have a fifth engine. It was chosen for this task for its “large and robust rocket carrying capacity, operational flexibility, long range, ability to operate in many kinds of weather, as well as years of existing 747-400 experience, maintenance, and spare parts supply chains,” Virgin Galactic said in a press release Read more…

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