U.S.-UK agreement OKs use of U.S. rocket technology in Britain, similar to accords with New Zealand, Brazil

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Virgin Orbit and Lockheed Martin are the most likely beneficiaries of the U.S.-UK agreement to permit the use of U.S. rocket technology for launches from British territory. But when either of them will be ready to launch from the UK is unknown.

Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne is carried beneath the wing of a converted Boeing 747 jet before being launched to carry small payloads to low Earth orbit. The company is still preparing its first orbital flight after a failed attempt in May from its . . .

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