parapente wrote:As above it's all about ( for me) what rocket will it launch.Usually these things are designed in tandem.Thhe owner initially funded the Ansari prize which morphed into Virgin Galactic.Clearly he didn't wish to pair up with R Branson.
This thing clearly could carry a larger (than v galactic) space plane.But these are none being built so it's not that.For commercial loads what he needs is a mid sized solid rocket.I would have thought liquid fuelled would be too complex/dangerous.
But I am not aware of any mid sized solid rocket.But their might be as I think there is about 3 companies building microsat launchers.But at present they all aunch from the ground.If they launched from space their payload capability would go up enormously.
But at the moment it looks like a rebel without a cause.
itchief wrote:with a L-1011 aircraft. Also look at Paul Allens company that is called Vulcan, I would bet money there is a plan for what Stratolaunch is doing.
Slcpilot wrote:If and when it does fly, I can’t help but wonder if there’s a yoke/stick (?) disconnect feature. Some traditional airliners have some form of disconnect where each control input can control respective elevator halves.
I wonder if there is any provision for each input independently controlling each fuselage in the event of a torsional inequality between each fuselage. This would probably be an emergency situation.
Bonus points for the first cockpit picture too!
tapairbus370 wrote:Roll out happened more than a year now, and I know this is not the "usual" project, but how much until first flight? 6 months? 1 year?
In which stage are they?
parapente wrote:Reading around it seems Paul Allen is building his own rocket motor - he has hired the man that designed Spacex's Vulcan engine.So I guess he is looking to build his own rocket to sling underneath.
On a different tack is 'Black Ice'.This idea is a spaceplane.He has previously been in discussion with the Dreamchaser team who looked at a scaled version of their spacecraft.I guess the idea is for the huge aircraft to do most of the work of a first stage - to an altitude of 45 k feet?
Then a second stage ( disposable?)to LEO and the spaceplane- To do the rest.
Not the most elegant solution since you loose the middle bit.But could. Work.
zanl188 wrote:How many aircraft are they building? If only one.... any inadvertent contact with terra firma could cause significant delays, not to mention possible cancellation of program....
WIederling wrote:trpmb6 wrote:
https://appel.nasa.gov/2011/11/02/the-d ... he-future/
trpmb6 wrote:Really neat how a NASA project influenced a Soviet project that now influences a NASA (well SNC now) project. Thanks for sharing!
neutrino wrote:Maiden flight to be by the end of the year.....hopefully.
This is the latest news Mr Google has on the subject.
parapente wrote:The Pegasus is old news and not commercial.In any event it's better off being launched from its existing Tristar aircraft.Think even Zbranson is going to launch it or something similar from an old Virgin 747.
The rest is made up stuff.Paper rockets.He really cocked up on this part of the mission.Initially good when in partnership with Space for a made to measure rocket.But since then nothing.
Hope it works out but at present it looks like doing a spruce goose.One flight then hanger queen.
But there is some demand for flying super heavy loads around the world.At present there is only the Russian ex Burion plane.So perhaps it could make a living hauling v big cargo elements?
I swear they saw something they didn't like, I can't think of any other explanation. I'm just surprised nothing has leaked out - and at this rate, I'd expect investors to react appropriately very soon.
She could just be another Spruce Goose.
starrion wrote:It's been nine months since the low speed tests. Is this project moving to slow to succeed?
Stitch wrote:I am assuming Stratolaunch Systems is still a viable operating business concern even with the passing of Mr. Allen.
QuarkFly wrote:Stitch wrote:I am assuming Stratolaunch Systems is still a viable operating business concern even with the passing of Mr. Allen.
I don't think Stratolaunch would be a viable operating business even with Mr. Allen alive and well.
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