Virgin Orbit launch live stream: Watch #LauncherOne rocket fire into space

Virgin Orbit attach the LauncherOne rocket to the Cosmic Girl jet

Virgin Orbit is on Sunday, January 17, taking a historic step at reaching space with its LauncherOne rocket for the first time. The Richard Branson-owned spacecraft company is today making its second attempt to reach orbit with its air-launched Demo 2 LauncherOne rocket.

Unlike more conventional rockets taking-off from the ground, Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne is released and launched from under the wing of an inflight, modified 747.

With weather looking favourable & our hardware in great shape, our team is on track for tomorrow’s launch

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As a result, the remarkable rocket will fly above 75 percent of Earth’s atmosphere before its engine actually ignites.

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In an earlier test launch in May last year, LauncherOne only burst into action for approximately 10 seconds.

The cutting-edge rocket tech then cut-out early before plummeting into the Pacific off the South California coast.

An investigation later determined a breach in a high-pressure line was at fault.

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How to watch Virgin Orbit launch live stream:

Weather permitting and if everything goes according to plan, Virgin Orbit’s carrier plane, Cosmic Girl, will launch from California’s Mojave Air and Space Port today.

A four-hour window opens at 10am PT local time (6pm GMT), with LauncherOne already safely stowed away beneath one wing.

Then at an approximate altitude of 35,000ft (10,700m), Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne will drop free and make its own way to orbit solo.

Virgin Orbit enthusiasts can follow can enjoy all the action via a live stream on the private space company’s YouTube channel and Twitter feed.

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