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Virgin Galactic to open Long Beach plant
Virgin Galactic to open Long Beach plant

After losing thousands of aerospace jobs in recent years, Long Beach received good news Thursday when Virgin Galactic announced that it would build its new satellite-launching rocket in the city. The space tourism company founded by British billionaire Richard Branson said it was opening a facility next to the Long Beach Airport that would eventually employ 100 engineers and other employees. Those employees would design and build what Virgin Galactic calls Launcher- One, a new space vehicle that would send small satellites into orbit. The company's new facility is not far from the C-17 cargo plane factory that Boeing Co. plans to close later this year. Long Beach Mayor...

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