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Virgin Galactic reviving space cargo effort

29-06-2012

After nearly two years on the back burner, Virgin Galactic is expected to announce that it will soon start launching small satellites into orbit for about $1 to $2 million per payload. The project would use Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo aircraft to launch a rocket into low-earth orbit from the flight levels, with a maximum satellite weight of about 440 pounds. Virgin Galactic has said it will make an announcement at the Farnborough International Airshow in mid-July, but has been scant on details. It confirmed that the satellite-launching program is back on track, but said it wouldn’t be open to anyone who wanted to put something into space. Several federal agencies have expressed interest in using a low-cost commercial vehicle like Virgin Galactic’s to put small satellites into orbit, and the company won a handful of NASA and Defense Department contracts toward those efforts.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/06/27/virgin-galactic-to-launch-new-cargo-plan-spaceship-design/

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