A Boeing 747, similar to the aircraft used to transport passengers, launches into space a large rocket loaded with satellites, in an operation that is considered the first of its kind.
A Boeing 747, very similar to an airliner used to transport passengers, launched from the bottom of its giant fuselage, a 70-foot (21.34-meter) missile loaded with satellites.
This operation is the second successful launch over the Pacific Ocean, of a “Virgin Orbit” rocket that was put into orbit around the Earth.
According to the news published by “CNN”, entitled “Virgin Orbit launches its first satellite into space”, the plane, nicknamed “Cosmic Girl”, took off from California, USA, on Wednesday, before 7 am Pacific time, and about An hour after takeoff, the pilot pressed the big red button and gave the rocket launch command.
The large rocket was launched from under the left wing of the “Boeing 747”, in what is considered the first launch of a rocket into orbit loaded with satellites.
The missile reached a speed of more than 17,000 miles per hour (more than 27,000 kilometers per hour), after which it reached the second stage, which the company called “the barbecue roll.”
The source pointed out the reason for calling this stage a “barbecue roll” due to the fact that the missile rotates within the orbit for a short period in order to expose it to equal heat in all its parts.
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