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Most systems, that I am aware of, use vertical-launch but horizontal-launch has been envisioned for many years. Has horizontal-launch ever been successful?

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Yes, in the event of plane based launches. Pegasus is the most well known such system.

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  • $\begingroup$ Did the Pegasus achieve orbit? $\endgroup$ – D. Wade Sep 10 '16 at 13:43
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, 42 launches, 3 complete failures, 3 partial failures. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegasus_(rocket)#Launch_history $\endgroup$ – PearsonArtPhoto Sep 10 '16 at 13:44
  • $\begingroup$ Cosmic. Why this didn't got to see XXL? $\endgroup$ – Isrorian Sep 11 '16 at 4:08
  • $\begingroup$ There will be another 'launch' of Pegasus in November, so you can see it in action. $\endgroup$ – Tom11 Sep 13 '16 at 12:12

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