Stratolaunch Eyes FAA Certification for High-Speed Flight Tests

Stratolaunch Eyes FAA Certification for High-Speed Flight Tests - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Stratolaunch Systems intends to establish industry partnerships on hypersonic efforts and continue high-speed flight testing activities by September, SpaceNews reported Wednesday.

Mark Bitterman, vice president for government relations and business development at Stratolaunch, told attendees at the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in Colorado that the company is working to achieve Federal Aviation Administration certification for monthly test flights of the Stratolaunch-built world's largest plane.

In April 2019, Stratolaunch first flew the all-composite aircraft that weighs over 500K pounds and can reach speeds of 189 miles per hour.

“Our business plan is built around the operation of a fleet of vehicles with both government and industry customers,“ said Bitterman. “What we're looking at essentially are customizable, reusable and affordable rocket-powered testbed vehicles, and associated flight services.“

He added that the company is “still looking for partnerships“ in efforts such as sending payloads on suborbital missions through the company's hypersonic platforms.

Vulcan, a company founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, transitioned its ownership of Stratolaunch to New York-based private equity firm Cerebrus Capital Management in October.

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