https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElxQ237U5CoThe aircraft, an ex-Virgin Atlantic 747-400, was converted into an aerial launch platform between 2007 and 2021.
It conducted its first successful commercial launch in July 2021 and has been regularly conducting missions ever since.
Along with Orbital Sciences’ Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, named Stargazer, and Scaled Composites Stratolaunch, the largest aircraft ever constructed,
the Cosmic Girl belongs to the category of aircraft
designed to launch small rockets after lifting them into the stratosphere,
essentially replacing the first stage of a conventional rocket.
Lockheed L-1011 Tristar @ Mojave Airport (N140SC, Stargazer)
Lockheed 140 Sierra Charlie returning to Mojave Airport from Edwards AFB after the Oct 2022 show. Always a treat to see Stargazer fly!
https://www.cnbc.com/2023/03/20/virgin- ... talks.html
PUBLISHED MON, MAR 20 2023
https://simpleflying.com/virgin-orbit-m ... ankruptcy/
Bankruptcy could become a reality for satellite launch provider Virgin Orbit as soon as this week.
The US-based group is reportedly scrambling to find a funding source to avoid insolvency.
Last week, the company paused operations and furloughed most of its employees.
With a potential buyout on the table, one buyer reportedly proposed a sale price of nearly $200 million.
Searching for work elsewhere
According to CNBC, Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart and other senior leadership
held daily talks with interested parties that would secure the company
with a funding lifeline through the weekend, according to people familiar with the matter,
who asked to remain anonymous to discuss internal matters.