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ЦитатаStratolaunch confirms interest in launch services and hypersonic vehicles
by Jeff Foust -- January 21, 2020

Stratolaunch posted this image of an "all-hands meeting" Jan. 17 at the company's Mojave, California, facility that hosts its giant aircraft intended to serve as an air-launch platform. Credit: Stratolaunch

WASHINGTON -- As Stratolaunch ramps up operations after being sold last year, it says it remains interested in providing launch services as well as supporting hypersonic vehicles.

In a Jan. 21 statement to SpaceNews, Stratolaunch spokesperson Art Pettigrue confirmed the company was interested in "reliable, routine access to space" while also confirming the company was interested in hypersonics research.

"Stratolaunch is exploring the development of aerospace vehicles and technologies, including the need for reliable, routine access to space," Pettigrue said. "This exploration includes the need to significantly advance the nation's ability to design and operate hypersonic vehicles."

The statement was prompted by the recent resurfacing of a paper by three Stratolaunch employees presented at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space 2018 conference in Orlando, Florida. That paper described the company's interest at the time in using the giant aircraft it built to host air-launched hypersonic experimental vehicles.

The paper described two concepts the company was studying at the time. One, called Hyper-A, would be capable of reaching speeds of Mach 6, while the larger Hyper-Z vehicle would fly to Mach 10. Both vehicles would be rocket-powered, released from Stratolaunch's aircraft.

"This hypersonic testbed could provide risk reduction and technology maturation for hypersonic and space-launch vehicles in areas such as aerothermodynamics, air-breathing propulsion, guidance, navigation, and control (GNC), instrumentation, high-temperature materials, design tool validation, and other areas," the paper stated.

At the time, the company was studying a number of concepts for vehicles that could launch from its aircraft, including a reusable spaceplane that could carry cargo or crew into orbit. A hypersonics testbed like the Hyper-A and Hyper-Z concepts, the company explained in the paper, could "validate technologies and reduce risk related to the design and operation of both space launch and hypersonic vehicles."

According to the paper, Stratolaunch was only in the "early development stages" of those hypersonic vehicles. It's unclear if the company is still interested in pursuing either those designs or other hypersonic concepts given the company's recent interest in "high-speed research and development," a phrase used in descriptions of the company in job openings. The company declined to comment further on its plans beyond its statement.

Stratolaunch abandoned work on its own launch vehicles in January 2019, about three months after the death of the company's founder and principal funder, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The company also ended development of the PGA rocket engine that would have been used by those launch vehicles, as well as the Hyper-Z hypersonic vehicle.

The company's future appeared in question last year after just a single test flight of the company's giant aircraft. However, in October Stratolaunch announced that Vulcan Inc., Allen's holding company, had sold the company to an unidentified owner. That new owner was later identified in regulatory filings as Cerebus, a private equity fund, as first reported by GeekWire.

The company has been on a hiring spree since the change in ownership. In a Dec. 10 tweet, Jean Floyd, president and chief executive of Stratolaunch, said the company had grown from 13 to 87 employees in two months. He said the company's mission was "to be the world's leading provider of high-speed flight test services."


Цитатаtnt22 написал:
Це Ребус.
Личн. изобр. ректификация и др.


Цитатаtnt22 написал:
The company's future appeared in question last year after just  a single test flight of the company's giant aircraft . However, in October Stratolaunch announced that Vulcan Inc., Allen's holding company,  had sold the company to an unidentified owner . That new owner was later identified in regulatory filings as Cerebus, a private equity fund,  as first reported by GeekWire .
Будущее компании оказалось под вопросом в прошлом году после всего лишь одного испытательного полета гигантского самолета компании. Однако в октябре Stratolaunch объявил, что Vulcan Inc., холдинговая компания Allen, продала компанию неустановленному владельцу. Этот новый владелец был позже идентифицирован в регулирующих документах как Cerebus, фонд прямых инвестиций, как впервые сообщило GeekWire.
Личн. изобр. ректификация и др.


A Versatile Hypersonic Testbed

Meet the Talon-A, a Mach 6-class vehicle designed to make hypersonic testing more routine.

A Fully Reusable Hypersonic Vehicle.
The Stratolaunch Talon-A is a flexible, high-speed testbed built for hypersonic research, experiments, and enabling operational missions.

01 -- Analytics

Data Services
The Talon-A vehicle provides routine access to high-Mach number, hypersonic flight where data may be collect in the true flight environment. The vehicle is highly instrumented to obtain fundamental aerothermal and performance data, which may provide unique data sets for comparison and calibration of numerical prediction tools. The Talon-A provides here-to-fore unobtainable measurement access to the hypersonic flight environment on a recurring basis.

02 -- Flexible

Instrumentation and Experiments Flight Opportunity
The Talon-A is highly instrumented to collect vehicle and payload experiment data during flight. Data are collected and recorded on board the vehicle and may be telemetered to ground stations. Both proprietary and classified payloads may be flown with secure data collection and telemetry. Since the Talon-A is a reusable vehicle, the experiments, payloads, and instrumentation are recovered for inspection and re-use.

03 -- Reusable

Multi-Flight Agreement
The large payload capability of the Stratolaunch carrier aircraft enables the captive-carry and air-launch of multiple Talon-A vehicles in a single flight. Up to three Talon-A vehicles may be carried underneath the carrier aircraft center wing with the current pylon design. This unique capability enables multiple hypersonic flight opportunities on a single day or the near-simultaneously launch of three Talon vehicles, which may support specific operational scenarios.

Autonomous Hypersonic Testing.
Our innovative Mach 6-class vehicle offers a reliable testing environment, enabling the development of hypersonic systems.

Built for Speed
The Talon-A features a length of 28 feet (8.5 m), a wingspan of 11.3 feet (3.4 m), and a launch weight of approximately 6,000 pounds (2,722 Kg). It will conduct long duration flight at high Mach, and glide back for an autonomous, horizontal landing on a conventional runway. It will also be capable of autonomous take-off, under its own power, via a conventional runway.

Reliable by Design
Iterative flight test exposure reducing customer development schedule, cost and technology risk:
  • Recover Valuable Payloads and Experiments
  • Rapid Mission Turnaround for Fast Multi-Flight Opportunity
  • Cost-Effective Access to the Hypersonic Flight Environment

Flexibility Inside and Out
The Talon-A has the ability to customize instrument locations throughout the vehicle:
  • Customizable payload volumes
  • Internal and external experiments
  • Sensors, optical windows, instrumentation, materials, hypersonic data

Our hypersonic testbeds will serve as a catalyst in sparking a renaissance in hypersonic technologies for our government, the commercial sector, and academia.

Mr. W Jean Floyd
Chief Executive Officer

Air-launched Hypersonic Testing.
Our Carrier Aircraft can launch up to three Talon-A testbeds in a single mission, making high-speed testing more reliable and routine.

About the Carrier Aircraft
Our Stratolaunch plane is the largest in the world. But it takes off and lands from a runway just like any other aircraft. Once it reaches a cruising altitude of 35,000 ft (10,668 m), one or more launch vehicles are released, allowing for rapid constellation deployment to different inclinations. As the launch vehicles complete their assignments, the Stratolaunch plane heads back to the runway to reload for its next mission.


Мне кажется или гонять мегасамолет ради этих микроскопических испытательных аппаратов несколько глупо?
Вы хотите жопы - вам ее будет.
А мы хотим 8 цвет.


Размером больше Talon A идет Talon Z
более информации есть на  где говорится что первоначально заявляли где-то через 5 лет после Talon A, к 2028 году


Цитатаgarg написал:
Мне кажется или гонять мегасамолет ради этих микроскопических испытательных аппаратов несколько глупо?

За что дают грант, ради того и гоняют. Может по результатам побольше дадут.

Юрий Темников

Цитатаgarg написал:
Мне кажется или гонять мегасамолет ради этих микроскопических испытательных аппаратов несколько глупо?
Надо же с чего-то начинать.  Нормальную ракету для них так и не сделали.


Цитата Stratolaunch @Stratolaunch 12 ч. назад

We're excited to be out today conducting test as we continue to prepare for our next flight in the coming months.


Цитата Jean Floyd @WJeanFloyd 11 ч. назад

Today is the 1-year anniversary of Stratolaunch LLC. We grew from 15 employees to 179 and continue to expand. We completed the design of the Talon hypersonic vehicle and delivered its first set of hardware as we rapidly progress towards flight expansion testing and first launch.