Boeing 747-400, one of the first airplanes of Virgin Galactic will soon be used to release its very own satellites into space and Boeing named its satellite “Cosmic Girl”, will serve as an everlasting satellite designed by LauncherOne, the satellite launching rocket.
The Boeing 747 will be customized in a manner in order to enable it to carry the LauncherOne satellite under its left wing where formerly a fifth engine was installed. The sole reason for choosing 747 is because of its mammoth size, better flexibility in long flight hours and ability to withstand rough weather conditions.
Virgin Galactic Airlines has agreed to release its LauncherOne satellite in 2017, according to the Space News.
Boeing 747 is the most beloved aerial vehicle of Richard Branson the founder of Virgin Galactic, and thus the company decided to unveil its satellite using 747 instead of WhiteKnightTwo carrier that was initially decided for launching the satellite into space.
Due to increasing demand, Virgin Galactic decided to upgrade LauncherOne’s capacity enabling it to hold 200 kilograms in its “standard Sun Synchronous Orbit” and 400 kilograms in its other orbit, as per the Airline Company. By using Cosmic Girl over WhiteKnightTwo will allow the company to carry further loads without charging higher prices from their customers, hence attracting more customers who will be willing to send more goods overseas.
LauncherOne is about to make history as soon as it takes off as then will be the first time this kind of airplane will be used for releasing satellite.
WhiteKnightTwo will act as a carrier craft for transporting tourists to suborbital space using Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. And this is one of the latest news about Virgin Galactic after crashing of their SpaceShipTwo in October last year. And in November 2015, the founder of Virgin Galactic declared to reopen its space missions with its brand new spaceship carrier which will be revealed within the first months of 2016.