Gallery: Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne Rocket for Satellite Missions

Conceptual Illustration of LauncherOne

Virgin Galactic

Conceptual illustration of LauncherOne. Image released July 10, 2012.

Conceptual Illustration of LauncherOne in Flight

Virgin Galactic

Conceptual illustration of LauncherOne in flight.

Satellite Released from LauncherOne

Virgin Galactic

Conceptual illustration of a satellite after being released from LauncherOne. Image released July 10, 2012.

LauncherOne test article

Virgin Orbit

A LauncherOne test article — an entire vehicle except for payload fairing and fins — leaves Virgin Orbit's Long Beach, California, factory for integrated stage testing.

Virgin Orbit's Cosmic Girl with pylon

Virgin Orbit

Virgin Orbit's "Cosmic Girl" aircraft during a test flight to study the aerodynamic characteristics of the LauncherOne pylon attached to its left wing.

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