Virgin Orbit’s second demonstration flight is smoother than the first. The company first launched satellites to customers in space after the host aircraft Cosmic Girl successfully deployed the LauncherOne rocket over the Pacific Ocean for its latest test. The payload included nine NASA missions and several universities, most of which launched cubes and other small orbits.
At the time of writing, LauncherOne has not yet released the satellites, but Virgin said it has successfully passed into space and entered orbit. The first demonstration ended abruptly after LauncherOne failed to ignite.