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Virgin Galactic Chooses New Plant for Rocket Production

The LauncherOne is a two-stage orbital launch vehicle, capable of delivering satellites of up to 500 pounds into orbit.

Production of rockets to be used on Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne space craft will happen at a plant in Southern California.

The commercial spaceflight company says it's going to build out a 150,000 square foot location at the Long Beach Airport that was once used by Boeing.

The company says this move will put them in position to lead the way in the commercial space travel market ahead competitors like SpaceX and Orbital ATK.

The LauncherOne is a two-stage orbital launch vehicle, capable of delivering satellites of up to 500 pounds into orbit. And according to The Verge, the company already has its first order.

The tech company OneWeb is attempting to build a satellite-based Internet, and plans to put a network of 648 satellites floating above the earth.

More on the manufacture of Virgin Galactic's rockets on IndustryWeek.

IndustryWeek  is an IW companion site within Penton’s Design & Manufacturing Group.

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