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Mark Lewis, former acting deputy undersecretary of the Department of Defense for research and engineering, has joined Stratolaunch‘s technical advisory group. He brings experience in overseeing research and development activities across the DOD, having held positions at the Missile Defense Agency, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and other department components, Stratolaunch said Monday. Lewis […] More
Stratolaunch has introduced a suite of air-launch systems designed to bring satellites into different orbits or inclinations. The company said Monday its new offerings include the Pegasus space vehicle, which has performed more than 35 launches, and the Medium Launch Vehicle, which is designed for low-cost and flexible flight missions. Stratolaunch will also offer the MLV-Heavy, […] More
A Stratolaunch Systems-built aircraft designed to facilitate air launches of rockets to deliver satellites into orbit could perform its maiden flight as early as this summer, the Washington Post reported Monday. Company officials told reporters at the Space Symposium that taxi tests are now underway and that the aircraft could be ready for its initial […] More
Stratolaunch Systems has completed a ground-based control test of its aircraft designed to facilitate air launches of rockets in order to bring satellites into low-Earth orbit, ValueWalk reported Wednesday. Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder who established Stratolaunch in 2011, said in a Twitter post that the Seattle, Washington-based company's aircraft recorded 46 miles per hour in top […] More
Stratolaunch Systems has signed an agreement with NASA to conduct engine tests at the agency's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, Space News reported Wednesday. NASA and Stratolaunch inked Sept. 13 the Space Act Agreement that contains a provision for reimbursable tests and related services to the company in support of ground system, vehicle and propulsion […] More
Orbital ATK and Stratolaunch Systems, a subsidiary of Vulcan Aerospace, have formed a partnership in an effort to provide commercial launch customers access to low-Earth orbit through air-launch space services. Orbital ATK will initially supply several Pegasus XL rockets for integration with Stratolaunch's aircraft as part of the partnership, the companies said Thursday. The Stratolaunch plane […] More
Aerojet Rocketdyne will supply six RL10C-1 production engines to Stratolaunch Systems Corp. under a contract for the third stage of a commercial air-launch system for Stratolaunch’s unmanned Thunderbolt rocket. Aerojet Rocketdyne said Monday the contract also contains an option for six additional RL10C-1 engines for The Eagles Launch System, which is scheduled to launch Thunderbolt into space in 2018. “This contract expands our reach into […] More
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