Rocket Report: SpaceX sues the federal government, Chinese launch failure
Friday May 24, 2019. 01:00 PM , from Ars Technica
Enlarge / The Electron launch vehicle is ready to soar. (credit: Rocket Lab)
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Virgin performs full-duration hotfire test. On Tuesday, Virgin Orbit announced that it had performed the 'final full-duration, full-scale, full-thrust—hell, full everything—test firing' of its LauncherOne rocket's first stage. The firing lasted for more than 180 seconds and was entirely successful, the company reported. Virgin said the rocket, which will be launched from beneath the wing of an airplane, was within an 'arm's reach' of its first orbital flight test.
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