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The LauncherOne rocket sent into space from aircraft.

On January 17, 2021 at 18:38 UTC, Virgin Orbit’s 747 carrier aircraft (Boeing-747-400 ‘Cosmic Girl’) took off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California with the nearly 29-ton LauncherOne rocket mounted under its left wing. Piloted by Kelly Latimer, a former U.S. Air Force test pilot, the 747 jumbo jet entered a steep climb of more than 25 degrees just before the crew sent the command to drop the 21-meter-long rocket around 35 000 feet (10 700 meters) over the Pacific Ocean off the coast Southern California at 19:39 UTC. An air-launched rocket built by Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reached orbit for the first time, delivering 10 experimental CubeSats for NASA and positioning the company for the start of commercial operations.

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Dragon CRS-21 supply spacecraft returned to Earth.

On January 14, 2021 at 01:26 UTC the "Dragon” capsule splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of the US state of Florida. It was the "SpaceX CRS-21” mission. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. It was the first flight of the new generation of Dragon cargo capsules also known SpaceX Dragon 2 or Cargo Dragon 2. It was the 21st flight of Cargo Dragon to the ISS with docking, including a demonstration flight in 2012.

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