The world’s largest plane will soon be used to launch hypersonic aircraft capable of traveling 6 times the speed of sound
- Aerospace company Stratolaunch Systems is changing its mission and developing hypersonic aircraft that aims to reimagine spaceflight and long-distance travel.
- The company has successfully built and flown a carrier aircraft, the Stratolaunch, to which hypersonic aircraft will be affixed and deployed from while airborne.
- At 385 feet wide, the Stratolaunch is the largest plane in terms of wingspan capable of carrying multiple hypersonic vehicles at a time.
- The smallest hypersonic aircraft, the Talon-A, which can travel six times the speed of sound is currently in development.
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The world’s largest aircraft has a new mission, facilitating hypersonic travel.
Spaceflight-oriented aerospace company Stratolaunch Systems announced that its flagship aircraft, a six-engine carrier ship with two fuselages, will be a launch and test pad for the hypersonic vehicles of the future.
“Our hypersonic testbeds will serve as a catalyst in sparking a renaissance in hypersonic technologies for our government, the commercial sector, and academia,” said Jean Ford, Stratolaunch’s CEO, in a statement on the company’s website.
Departing from its initial intention of launching satellites from the aircraft, according to Space.com, Stratolaunch will shift to developing rocket-powered aircraft capable of breaking the sound barrier multiple times …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]