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The Pegasus Rocket, manufactured by Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC), is the world's first privately developed orbital launch vehicle.

A Pegasus rocket is air launched from a jet aircraft, giving it considerable potential energy of position and some drag advantage. The Pegasus rocket is also winged (similar to a cruise missile), giving it some advantage from aerodynamic lift during its ascent as well.

The Pegasus rocket can lift up to 450kg to Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

External Links

Scaled Composites's Pegasus Project Page

Orbital Sciences Corp Home Page

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