Why Virgin dropped the Orbit space rocket out of a plane?

Normally the space rockets are launched from the ground cosmodromes like Baikonur, but this starting method is considered not the best. The fact that during takeoff from Earth, the rockets are forced to raise themselves in the air on their own, expending a lot of fuel. Virgin Orbit seems to have found an alternative way of sending rockets into orbit. She offers to run them directly from the air, using large aircraft. Thus, according to the company, the rocket will be sent into orbit much faster, and spend at least fuel.

Recently, the company tried to raise private LauncherOne rocket with a passenger plane Boeing 747-400. The design of the aircraft was slightly modified — under her wings were equipped with a special attachment to hold the missiles, which can release it at any desired moment. The separation of the rocket occurred at 10-km altitude, but she did not turn on the engine and go into earth orbit, and just fell on the territory of the Military air forces of the United States.

How to launch rockets?

The drop was planned in advance, because the company initially was not going to withdraw the missile into orbit. In this test, she wanted to find out what is happening with the aircraft and missile after separation. As it turned out, nothing to worry about when it happens, so that the company can safely hold a full launch in late 2019.

To ensure the safety of the pilots, the company decided not to fill the rocket this fuel and filled the tanks with a mixture of water and antifreeze. Such caution is probably connected with the tragedy of 2014, when the spacecraft SpaceShipTwo crashed during testing in California. During this incident one of the pilots was killed.

The Tragedy Of Virgin Galactic

Test of 2014 was very similar to the current company wanted to launch the SpaceShipTwo spacecraft with almost the same plane. However, the separation from the aircraft, the ship exploded and fell to the Ground. After this incident, the company did not continue the test because the ship SpaceShipTwo is designed to output to the space of ordinary people, so she had to seriously work on its security.

Drop ship SpaceShipTwo

Who is Richard Branson?

Orbit of Virgin and Virgin Galactic founded by one of the richest people in Britain, Richard Branson. For his life, the entrepreneur has founded over 400 companies, providing a variety of services. His first business, for example, has been involved with writing songs, and now he’s doing even space projects. About all the UPS and downs of the businessman was written in his own book, “To hell with it! Beris and do!” — enjoy it everyone.

Perhaps Richard Branson like no other is able to provide expensive services. Space travelthat he wants to do for everyone (even for myself), will cost 250 thousand dollars. It may seem that the money will agree to pay only a few, but for many of the rich the price is very reasonable. Branson already has a lot of experience with rich clients — he owns his own island called Necker, and often leases it.

We recommend you to read: Important lessons we have learned from the crash of SpaceShipTwo

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