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Virgin Orbit Successfully Launches Rocket

Virgin Orbit tried and failed to launch a rocket last year.

Virgin Orbit Successfully Launches Rocket
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Virgin Orbit made its first successful launch yesterday.

It took off, riding on a Boeing 747 aircraft and was then detached to allow it to fire off its rocket motor.

Virgin Orbit tried and failed to launch a rocket last year.

The company is now the third to reach orbit.