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.

  • $\begingroup$ Did the Pegasus achieve orbit? $\endgroup$
    – D. Wade
    Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 13:43
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, 42 launches, 3 complete failures, 3 partial failures. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegasus_(rocket)#Launch_history $\endgroup$
    – PearsonArtPhoto
    Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 13:44
  • $\begingroup$ Cosmic. Why this didn't got to see XXL? $\endgroup$
    – Isrorian
    Commented Sep 11, 2016 at 4:08
  • $\begingroup$ There will be another 'launch' of Pegasus in November, so you can see it in action. $\endgroup$
    – Tom11
    Commented Sep 13, 2016 at 12:12

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