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Re: Stratolaunch
« Reply #106 on: May 31, 2017, 12:00:45 pm »
That's a lot of plane to launch a Pegasus XL (for now).

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Re: Stratolaunch
« Reply #107 on: June 02, 2017, 12:05:58 pm »
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Re: Stratolaunch
« Reply #109 on: July 19, 2017, 06:34:37 am »
Air Force secretary hints at military space applications for Stratolaunch super-plane

https://www.geekwire.com/2017/air-force-secretary-highlights-military-space-applications-stratolaunch-super-airplane/

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Re: Stratolaunch
« Reply #110 on: July 25, 2017, 09:19:40 pm »
Air Force secretary hints at military space applications for Stratolaunch super-plane

https://www.geekwire.com/2017/air-force-secretary-highlights-military-space-applications-stratolaunch-super-airplane/

"Today I had the chance to see firsthand how @Stratolaunch is developing an air-launch platform to make space more accessible"

Wait, that's it? That's the "hint"?

That's typical boilerplate language. It says nothing. It's neither negative nor an endorsement. She was being nice, that is all.

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Re: Stratolaunch
« Reply #111 on: September 20, 2017, 09:47:51 am »
Engine test latest step for Stratolaunch’s giant aircraft

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WASHINGTON — Stratolaunch announced Sept. 19 that the company has achieved another milestone in the development of a unique giant aircraft that will serve as a launch platform.

The company said that it successfully tested at its Mojave, California, facility the six Pratt & Whitney PW4056 turbofan jet engines that will power the aircraft. Each engine is capable of producing 56,750 pounds-force of thrust.

The engines came from two Boeing 747 jetliners that Stratolaunch acquired as part of the development of the one-of-its-kind plane. The engines, the company said in a statement, were put through a series of tests, including one where the engines were started one at a time and allowed to idle. “In these initial tests, each of the six engines operated as expected,” the company said.

http://spacenews.com/engine-test-latest-step-for-stratolaunchs-giant-aircraft/

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Re: Stratolaunch
« Reply #112 on: September 21, 2017, 04:59:48 am »
This strikes me as an equivalent to the flying car that did not, went bust in the end.  The emperors new cloth's is another euphemism.

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Re: Stratolaunch
« Reply #113 on: September 21, 2017, 05:59:21 am »
This strikes me as an equivalent to the flying car that did not, went bust in the end.  The emperors new cloth's is another euphemism.

More like Hughes' "Spruce Goose".  (Allen's "Composite Albatross"?) Time will tell though. Hopefully it works out.
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Re: Stratolaunch
« Reply #114 on: September 21, 2017, 06:41:03 am »
No nose radomes and wing leading edges - seems, that aircraft requires further assembly.
We have a at least one commercially successful 6-engined prototype - Antonov An-225, so I hope to see Stratolaunch in action soon 8-)

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Re: Stratolaunch
« Reply #115 on: September 21, 2017, 08:54:52 am »
Stratolaunch has been working on this for 6 years, and plan to put it into service in another 2. The Boeing 787 took 6 years from announcement to first flight, and 2 more years to finish flight testing. "Emperor's new clothes" is uncalled for.

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Re: Stratolaunch
« Reply #116 on: September 21, 2017, 10:00:52 am »
More like Hughes' "Spruce Goose".  (Allen's "Composite Albatross"?) Time will tell though. Hopefully it works out.

I'd love it to be more like a Howard Hughes Glomar explorer deception.

Sadly I think we can be certain it's not

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Re: Stratolaunch
« Reply #117 on: September 22, 2017, 10:59:35 am »
This strikes me as an equivalent to the flying car that did not, went bust in the end.  The emperors new cloth's is another euphemism.

More like Hughes' "Spruce Goose".  (Allen's "Composite Albatross"?) Time will tell though. Hopefully it works out.

I heard the perfect name for it, "Deuce Goose"

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Re: Stratolaunch
« Reply #118 on: September 22, 2017, 04:22:35 pm »

I heard the perfect name for it, "Deuce Goose"

Better still: "Deus Goose."

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Re: Stratolaunch
« Reply #119 on: October 07, 2017, 09:16:51 am »
More like Hughes' "Spruce Goose".  (Allen's "Composite Albatross"?) Time will tell though. Hopefully it works out.

I'd love it to be more like a Howard Hughes Glomar explorer deception.

Sadly I think we can be certain it's not

Maybe, like the B-52 / X-15, it could be a launch vehicle for testing things like these:





or maybe a test vehicle along the lines of this but for scramjets:

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