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  • Virgin Orbit Girl performed its first-ever drop test today Wednesday Mojave CA. July 10,2019. The releasing a LauncherOne rocket from its Boeing 747 carrier plane over Californias Mojave Desert. photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer

  • Virgin Orbit Girl performed its first-ever drop test today Wednesday Mojave CA. July 10,2019. The releasing a LauncherOne rocket from its Boeing 747 carrier plane over Californias Mojave Desert. photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer

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  • Virgin Orbit Girl performed its first-ever drop test today Wednesday Mojave CA. July 10,2019. The releasing a LauncherOne rocket from its Boeing 747 carrier plane over Californias Mojave Desert. photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer

  • Virgin Orbit Girl performed its first-ever drop test today Wednesday Mojave CA. July 10,2019. The releasing a LauncherOne rocket from its Boeing 747 carrier plane over Californias Mojave Desert. photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer

  • Virgin Orbit Girl performed its first-ever drop test today Wednesday Mojave CA. July 10,2019. The releasing a LauncherOne rocket from its Boeing 747 carrier plane over Californias Mojave Desert. photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer

  • Virgin Orbit Girl performed its first-ever drop test today Wednesday Mojave CA. July 10,2019. The releasing a LauncherOne rocket from its Boeing 747 carrier plane over Californias Mojave Desert. photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer

  • Virgin Orbit Girl performed its first-ever drop test today Wednesday Mojave CA. July 10,2019. The releasing a LauncherOne rocket from its Boeing 747 carrier plane over Californias Mojave Desert. photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer

  • Virgin Orbit Girl performed its first-ever drop test today Wednesday Mojave CA. July 10,2019. The releasing a LauncherOne rocket from its Boeing 747 carrier plane over Californias Mojave Desert. photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer

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    Virgin Orbit Girl performed its first-ever drop test today Wednesday Mojave CA. July 10,2019. The releasing a LauncherOne rocket from its Boeing 747 carrier plane over Californias Mojave Desert. photo by Gene Blevins/LA DaiyNews/SCNG

  • Virgin Orbit Girl performed its first-ever drop test today Wednesday Mojave CA. July 10,2019. The releasing a LauncherOne rocket from its Boeing 747 carrier plane over Californias Mojave Desert. photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer

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By JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Virgin Galactics sister company, Long Beach-based Virgin Orbit, conducted a drop test of its air-launched satellite booster over California on Wednesday, a key step toward space missions.

The 70-foot LauncherOne rocket was released from a Boeing 747 flying 35,000 feet over an Edwards Air Force Base test range in the Mojave Desert.

The purpose of the test was to observe how the rocket detached from the 747s wing and its free-fallRead More – Source