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Illustrated by: Eric LianVirgin Orbit 747- 400 “Cosmic Girl” N744VG with LauncherOne
is an art print from an original illustration. (This is not a photograph or a screenshot from a flight simulator) Meticulously detailed, Cosmic Girl and LauncherOne are depicted as a chase plane may have seen during the launch of Tubular Bells Part 1 on June 30, 2021. The description text is bordered by the Virgin Orbit and Tubular Bells insignias and British and English flags.
Perfect for the office or home, or as a gift for that space and aviation fan. Printed on high quality, heavy weight Luster paper using a 12-color pigmented, archival ink system.
The description on the print states:
- Edition Size: Open
- Paper Type: Heavy Weight Luster
- Ink Type: Lucia EX Archival Pigment
- Illustrated by: Eric Lian
- Published and printed by: Lian Media
Virgin Orbit is a small-satellite launch company owned by Virgin Group with facilities in Long Beach and the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. Instead of traditional ground based launching systems, Virgin Orbit uses a technique known as air launch in which a rocket is carried underneath the wing of an aircraft and launched at altitude. The emphasis for this program is reducing time-to-launch and allowing for more flexible launch windows. The launch platform is a modified Boeing 747-400 christened 'Cosmic Girl'. Due to its carrying capacity, the 747 is able to accommodate a rocket that allows for payloads between 660-1100 pounds (300-500kg). The rocket, an all carbon composite, two stage vehicle known as LauncherOne, is 70 feet (21.3 m) in length, 6 feet (1.8 m) in diameter, and weighs approximately 50,000 pounds (23000 kg) fully fueled. The two rocket stages are powered by NewtonThree and NewtonFour RP-1/LOX engines. LauncherOne is attached to a pylon located on the left wing between the fuselage and the inboard engine. At an altitude of 35,000 feet (10,668m), the aircraft is positioned in a nose high attitude of 27 degrees. LauncherOne is released from the pylon and free falls for five seconds before the first stage is ignited, propelling the rocket to more than 8,000 miles per hour (13,000 kph). At an altitude between 310 and 745 miles (500-1200 km) above the Earth, the second stage ignites and performs a series of burns to optimize the rocket’s orbit for payload deployment. On January 17, 2021, LauncherOne became the first Virgin Orbit vehicle to successfully deploy 10 CubeSats into Low Earth Orbit for NASA on its final demonstration mission. On June 30, 2021, Cosmic Girl and LauncherOne successfully deployed their first commercial payload - a total of seven satellites for SatRevolution, the Department of Defense, and a military satellite for the Royal Nederlands Air Force.