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Richard Branson's newest space venture, Virgin Orbit, just got a U.S. military contract

Richard Branson's newest space venture, Virgin Orbit, just got a U.S. military contract

The Pentagon is hiring Richard Branson to launch satellites to orbit.

His Virgin Orbit space company announced Thursday that it had won its first military contract: a demonstration flight that would carry "technology demonstration satellites" for the Air Force on its LauncherOne rocket by early 2019.

For years, Branson's Virgin Galactic has been focused on preparing to fly tourists to the edge of space, where they would experience a few minutes of weightlessness and glimpse the Earth from a distance for $250,000 a ticket.

But recently, his space venture has moved in another direction: launching small satellites, a market that could be large and lucrative as...

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