The photo above may look like your garden-variety airplane. But, in fact, it is used to launch satellites into orbit. In the past, a great deal of energy, waste and danger were involved in launching large rockets – the method for carrying satellites. Generation Orbit’s GoLauncher deploys satellites in a way that saves fuel and expenses and is far safer.
The plane carries a rocket high into the atmosphere then releases the rocket, launching it into space. The plane banks off and lands. Once the rocket is in orbit, it can deploy a small satellite.
Learn more about Georgia’s aerospace industry in this month’s feature “Prepared for Liftoff.”