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The competition heats up: Generation Orbit this week completed a test flight of its air launch rocket system for putting small payloads into space.
The flight was to test the handling and flight characteristics of the aircraft to be used to release the launchers.
The company is planning two different air-launched systems, one to put small payloads into suborbital space, another to put 100 pound payloads into orbit. In both cases they are targeting the science and educational community that builds cubesats and has been in desperate need of its own launch services for decades.