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Stratolaunch to use Orbital ATK rockets to launch satellites from its giant aircraft

Stratolaunch to use Orbital ATK rockets to launch satellites from its giant aircraft

Stratolaunch Systems will use rockets made by Orbital ATK to launch satellites from the huge aircraft it is developing in Mojave, the companies announced Thursday.

Under a multiyear “production-based partnership,” the companies said, Orbital ATK will provide “multiple” Pegasus XL air-launch rockets to be used with the Stratolaunch aircraft, which, when completed, will have the largest wingspan of any plane ever built.

With the Pegasus XL rockets, the Stratolaunch aircraft will be able to launch small satellites weighing up to 1,000 pounds, according to the firms’ joint statement released Thursday.

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