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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #280 on: 07/05/2018 08:11 PM »
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In the next few days, we’ll start the process of attaching our launch pylon (the “hooks” that secure the rocket to the plane) to #CosmicGirl. Soon after, we’ll conduct our first test flights w/ the pylon before moving on to a series of captive carry flights w/ #LauncherOne.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Virgin_Orbit/status/1014948024697536517

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #281 on: 07/06/2018 04:06 AM »
Maybe to underscore Robotbeats's point, it is soon going to be 20 years since SS1 development began...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaled_Composites_Tier_One#History_and_status

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According to Scaled Composites, the concept for the program originated in April 1996, preliminary development began in 1999, and full development began in April 2001.
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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #282 on: 07/09/2018 08:40 PM »
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John Fuller, Virgin Orbit: will be integrating LauncherOne pylon with 747 aircraft “shortly”, with captive carry flight campaign to start soon thereafter. #AIAAPropEnergy

https://mobile.twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1016413412170059776

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Re: Virgin Orbit preparing for busy LauncherOne future
« Reply #283 on: 07/11/2018 03:59 AM »
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In the next few days, we’ll start the process of attaching our launch pylon (the “hooks” that secure the rocket to the plane) to #CosmicGirl. Soon after, we’ll conduct our first test flights w/ the pylon before moving on to a series of captive carry flights w/ #LauncherOne.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Virgin_Orbit/status/1014948024697536517

In case anyone was confused, you are looking at the launch pylon upside down, as that part needs to be symmetric to mate with the rocket. That part that mates with the aircraft probably isn't symmetric as it needs to fit the left wingbox body fairing area...

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