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STRATOLAUNCH COMPLETES HISTORIC FIRST FLIGHT OF AIRCRAFT

Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, founded by Paul G. Allen, has successfully completed the first flight of the world’s largest all-composite aircraft, the Stratolaunch. With a dual fuselage design and wingspan greater than the length of an American football field, the Stratolaunch aircraft took flight at 0658 PDT from the Mojave Air & Space Port. Achieving a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour, the plane flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave Desert at altitudes up to 17,000 feet. As […]

SPACEPLANE PROGRAM LOOKS TO PUBLIC-PRIVATE EFFORT TO ENABLE NEXT-GENERATION SPACE LAUNCH

In an era of declining budgets and adversaries’ evolving capabilities, quick, affordable and routine access to space is increasingly critical for both national and economic security. Current satellite launch systems, however, require scheduling years in advance for an extremely limited inventory of available slots. Moreover, launches often cost hundreds of millions of dollars each, due […]

NTSB CONCLUDES HUMAN ERROR IS CAUSE OF SPACESHIP TWO ACCIDENT

Today the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded their investigation of the in-flight breakup of SpaceShip Two during a test flight on October 31, 2014. In a public hearing at the NTSB’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., the organization’s investigators and analysts presented their findings, conclusions and recommendations in a draft report to the NTSB Board […]

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