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  • Stratolaunch plan unveiled
    Posted by Guy Norris 8:29 PM on Dec 13, 2011

    Paul Allen and Burt Rutan, the pioneers who brought us Scaled Composite’s SpaceShipOne, have teamed with Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Dynetics to develop Stratolaunch – a super-sized carrier aircraft for airborne launch of space vehicles as large as Falcon 9.

    Resembling an enormous, scaled-up version of the SpaceShipTwo built for Virgin Galactic, the mothership will be powered by six Boeing 747 engines and have a wingspan of 385 ft. The vehicle’s gross weight at take-off – including the booster payload between the fuselages – will be more than 1.2 million lbs. Flight tests are targeted to start in 2016. To read more details in an upcoming report visit Aviation Week’s Intelligence Network (AWIN) site.

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    Tags: os99, SpaceX, Scaled, Composites, Rutan, Allen, Musk, Falcon, SpaceShipOne, SpaceShipTwo

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