Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft Fifth Test
Stratolaunch announced that its carrier aircraft, the world’s largest, has successfully completed a fifth test flight after flying for 4 hours and 58 minutes over the Mojave Desert. It reached a maximum altitude of 22,500 feet (6858 m) while testing a new pylon on the aircraft’s center wing that will eventually be used to carry and release Talon-A hypersonic vehicles.

This new pylon consists of a mini-wing and adapter made from both aluminum as well as carbon fiber skins. It weighs in at around 8,000 pounds and takes up 14-feet of Roc’s 95-foot center wingspan, providing adequate space between the aircraft’s dual fuselages for safe vehicle release and launch. For those who aren’t familiar with Talon-A, these rocket-powered vehicles are autonomous, reusable testbeds carrying customizable payloads at speeds above Mach 5. Speaking of hypersonic aircraft, Lockheed Martin’s SR-72 is reportedly in the works.

DJI Mini SE, Drone Quadcopter with 3-Axis Gimbal, 2.7K Camera, GPS, 30 Mins Flight Time, Reduced Weight, Less Than 249g, Improved Scale 5 Wind Resistance, Return to Home, for Drone Beginners, Gray
  • Light as a Smartphone - Weighing less than 0 55lbs / 249 grams, DJI Mini SE is roughly the same weight as the smartphone. In the United States and...
  • Capture on the Go - The lightweight and powerful DJI Mini SE camera drone is the ideal for creators on the move. The ultra-portable design allows you...
  • More Time in the Sky - DJI Mini SE's weight allows it to stay in the air longer than similar consumer drones on the market. Enjoy up to 30 minutes of...

Today’s successful flight validates important hardware improvements to the carrier aircraft. The pylon is a crucial component of our combined launch system, and I am proud of the team’s timely and quality integration work that occurred since our last test flight. It is through their dedication that we continue to make steady progress toward achieving our next milestones of Talon-A flight tests later this year,” said Dr. Zachary Krevor, Stratolaunch Chief Executive Officer and President.

Write A Comment