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Virgin Orbit is getting closer to a launch

Virgin Orbit's Cosmic Girl 747 in flight. Photo: Virgin Orbit
Virgin Orbit's Cosmic Girl 747 in flight. Photo: Virgin Orbit

Virgin Orbit is moving ever closer to launching a rocket to space for the first time.

Why it matters: The company is one of a number of private spaceflight companies aiming to capitalize on what it sees as a boom in demand for small spacecraft launches.

Richard Branson on Trump, Uber and battery tech

Photos: Virgin Group; Illustration: Rebecca Zisser

Richard Branson was in San Francisco Wednesday as part of a relaunch of Sprint's Virgin Mobile brand. After the event, he spoke with me on a range of topics, from his views on technology and President Trump to where he wants the Virgin Brand to go next. Below is an edited transcript of our conversation.