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  • The mission patch for Virgin Orbit's first launch demo as seen on the LauncherOne fairing. May 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • The cockpit of Virgin Orbit's carrier aircraft Cosmic Girl as seen at night. May 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Virgin Orbit's carrier aircraft Cosmic Girl as seen in-flight during the company's cryogenic captive carry flight. April 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Virgin Orbit's carrier aircraft Cosmic Girl taxis down the runway ahead of the company's cryogenic captive carry flight. April 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Ground operations teammates conduct loading and fueling operations on LauncherOne ahead of Virgin Orbit's cryogenic captive carry flight. April 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Ground operations teammates conduct loading and fueling operations on LauncherOne ahead of Virgin Orbit's cryogenic captive carry flight. April 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Virgin Orbit's carrier aircraft Cosmic Girl is towed out to the runway ahead of the company's cryogenic captive carry flight. April 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Pilots Kelly Latimer and Todd Ericson in the cockpit of Virgin Orbit's 747 carrier aircraft Cosmic Girl. April 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Launch engineers monitor data on the stations aboard Virgin Orbit's carrier aircraft Cosmic Girl. April 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Ground operations teammates approach Virgin Orbit's carrier aircraft Cosmic Girl on the taxiway at Mojave Air and Space Port. April 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne ignites in mid-air for the first time during the company's Launch Demo. May 25, 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Virgin Orbit's carrier aircraft Cosmic Girl takes off from Mojave Air and Space Port for the company's first Launch Demo. May 25, 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Pauline Acalin.

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  • Virgin Orbit teammates prepare for loading operations ahead of the company's first orbital Launch Demo. May 25, 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Ground technicians conduct loading operations ahead of Virgin Orbit's Launch Demo. May 24, 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • A Virgin Orbit launch engineer reviews data from Cosmic Girl's upper flight deck. May 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Virgin Orbit's second orbital LauncherOne rocket undergoes final integration at the company's Long Beach manufacturing facility. May 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • An aerial view of Virgin Orbit's Long Beach manufacturing facility. May 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Some of the first batch of ventilator units designed by Virgin Orbit to treat COVID-19 patients. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Some of the first batch of ventilator units designed by Virgin Orbit to treat COVID-19 patients. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Cosmic Girl takes to the skies for the final captive carry test flight in the LauncherOne development program. April 12, 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • An early prototype of Virgin Orbit's ventilator, designed to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Virgin Orbit transits the LauncherOne rocket it will use for its orbital launch demonstration from the test stand to the runway in Mojave. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Virgin Orbit teammates connect Cosmic Girl and LauncherOne to ground support equipment on the runway in Mojave. January 30, 2020. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Cosmic Girl releases LauncherOne mid-air for the first time during a July 2019 drop test. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Cosmic Girl releases LauncherOne mid-air for the first time during a July 2019 drop test. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Flight crew pose for a group photo after a successful drop test in July 2019. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Flight engineers monitor data screens on Cosmic Girl’s flight deck ahead of the July 2019 drop test. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • LauncherOne’s Stage 1 hotfires for full thrust and duration in May 2019. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • LauncherOne’s Stage 1 hotfires for full thrust and duration in May 2019. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Flight crew descends from Cosmic Girl after a successful test flight with a heavyweight LauncherOne in May 2019. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Cosmic Girl as seen during a test flight with a heavyweight LauncherOne in May 2019. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Cosmic Girl as seen during a test flight with a heavyweight LauncherOne in May 2019. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • LauncherOne’s Stage 1 hotfires for full thrust and duration in May 2019. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Cosmic Girl taxis on the runway for with a heavyweight LauncherOne for the first time in May 2019. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • LauncherOne undergoes a fairing mate exercise in Long Beach in April 2019. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Virgin Orbit’s Long Beach factory as seen in April 2019. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • LauncherOne’s Stage 1 lights up the Mojave desert for a 30-second hotfire in early 2019. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Mike Massee.

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  • LauncherOne undergoes a payload fit check exercise in Long Beach in February 2019. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • LauncherOne undergoes a payload fit check exercise in Long Beach in February 2019. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • LauncherOne undergoes a payload fit check exercise in Long Beach in February 2019. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • LauncherOne undergoes a payload fit check exercise in Long Beach in February 2019. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • NewtonThree hotfires for acceptance testing at Virgin Orbit’s Mojave test site in December 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • NewtonThree hotfires for acceptance testing at Virgin Orbit’s Mojave test site in December 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • NewtonFour hotfires at Virgin Orbit’s Mojave test site in December 2019. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Cosmic Girl flies for the second time with a mated LauncherOne rocket in December 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Cosmic Girl flies for the second time with a mated LauncherOne rocket in December 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Virgin Orbit flight engineers on Cosmic Girl’s flight deck in December 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • A flight engineer monitors data screens on Cosmic Girl in December 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • The flight crew descends from Cosmic Girl after a successful first flight with a mated LauncherOne in November 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • The flight crew descends from Cosmic Girl after a successful first flight with a mated LauncherOne in November 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Cosmic Girl flies with a mated LauncherOne for the first time in November 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Will Pomerantz.

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  • Cosmic Girl flies with a mated LauncherOne for the first time in November 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Cosmic Girl flies with a mated LauncherOne for the first time in November 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Cosmic Girl flies with a mated LauncherOne for the first time in November 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Cosmic Girl during Virgin Orbit’s first taxi tests with a mated LauncherOne in November 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Cosmic Girl during Virgin Orbit’s first taxi tests with a mated LauncherOne in November 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Cosmic Girl during Virgin Orbit’s first taxi tests with a mated LauncherOne in November 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Cosmic Girl during Virgin Orbit’s first taxi tests with a mated LauncherOne in November 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Cosmic Girl during Virgin Orbit’s first taxi tests with a mated LauncherOne in November 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • A hotfire of LauncherOne’s upper stage in Mojave. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • An overhead view of a LauncherOne fit check with Cosmic Girl in October 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • An overhead view of a LauncherOne fit check with Cosmic Girl in October 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • A nighttime view of LauncherOne after being mated to Cosmic Girl for the first time in October 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • LauncherOne arrives on the runway at Long Beach Airport for a fit check with Cosmic Girl in October 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • LauncherOne arrives on the runway at Long Beach Airport for a fit check with Cosmic Girl in October 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • A view of LauncherOne’s test program rocket as seen in October 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • A team photo of the Virgin Orbit staff in October 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • A LauncherOne fin can in production in September 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Virgin Orbit’s Stage 1 test stand in Mojave as seen in September 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • An aerial view of multiple rockets in production at Virgin Orbit’s Long Beach factory in September 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Cosmic Girl taxis on the runway during pylon testing in August 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • An underside view of Cosmic Girl during pylon testing in August 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Rockets in production at Virgin Orbit’s Long Beach factory in August 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • A LauncherOne flight box. July 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Virgin Orbit’s Long Beach facility as seen in June 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • One of Virgin Orbit’s engine test stands in Mojave as seen in May 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • Virgin Orbit’s hybrid additive-subtractive manufacturing machine as seen in April 2018. Credit: Virgin Orbit/Greg Robinson.

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  • A sample of hardware built in Virgin Orbit’s hybrid additive-subtractive manufacturing machine. April 2018.

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  • A piece of hardware built in Virgin Orbit’s hybrid additive-subtractive manufacturing machine. April 2018.

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  • An aerial view of Virgin Orbit’s Long Beach factory in April 2018.

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  • An aerial view of Virgin Orbit’s Long Beach factory in April 2018.

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  • Cosmic Girl as seen during an April 2018 test flight.

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  • Cosmic Girl as seen during an April 2018 test flight.

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  • Cosmic Girl as seen during an April 2018 test flight.

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  • A view of the cockpit in the 747 carrier aircraft Cosmic Girl.

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  • Virgin Orbit founder Richard Branson watches data screens during a March 2018 pylon test.

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  • Virgin Orbit founder Richard Branson is all smiles in the Virgin Orbit factory in March 2018.

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  • NewtonThree lights up the Mojave desert in a 2018 hotfire.

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  • NewtonFour lights up the Mojave desert in a 2018 hotfire.

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  • A LauncherOne fairing demonstration test from February 2018.

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  • A fuel trailer as seen during a January 2018 launch campaign rehearsal.

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  • A set of LauncherOne turbopumps. January 2018.

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  • Technicians integrate Virgin Orbit’s first Pathfinder rocket in January 2018.

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  • Technicians integrate Virgin Orbit’s first Pathfinder rocket in January 2018.

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  • A display of LauncherOne’s fairing and typical payload size. December 2017.

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  • A NewtonThree engine on the test stand in Mojave. October 2017.

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  • A Hardware in the Loop (HITL) bench shows a set of LauncherOne’s flight boxes. September 2017.

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  • Technicians integrate the main stage of Virgin Orbit’s first Pathfinder rocket in August 2017.

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  • Technicians integrate the main stage of Virgin Orbit’s first Pathfinder rocket in August 2017.

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  • Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart gives a speech at the welcome celebration for the 747 Cosmic Girl in July 2017.

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    A nighttime view of LauncherOne after being mated to Cosmic Girl for the first time in October 2018.

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