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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1880 on: 09/21/2017 07:37 PM »

200 tonnes is an awesome payload but at first glance is there anything near it?


Arianespace Vega, 137 tons. It's not designed for horizontal integration, though.
Although being all solid (without the liquid US) it should in principle be able to be carried.
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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1881 on: 09/22/2017 09:07 AM »
I second your opinion. An astonishing aircraft, but the basic concept is flawed / unuseful. But I'm quite sure such aircraft can find other uses.
Imagine a giant passenger pod with large panoramic windows. Or some big cargo pod.

It won't work as a passenger anything, too expensive and dangerous. It probably can find work stealing jobs from An-225, but if you were building a new cargo plane from scratch, you would not use the same configuration.

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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1882 on: 09/22/2017 02:05 PM »
It might make a good firefighting aircraft.

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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1883 on: 09/22/2017 06:01 PM »
The thing looks like the Howard Hughes "Spruce Goose" times two. The "Spruce Deuce" might be a good nickname.  ;D

Deuce Goose is better

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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1884 on: 09/23/2017 02:43 AM »
The thing looks like the Howard Hughes "Spruce Goose" times two. The "Spruce Deuce" might be a good nickname.  ;D

Deuce Goose is better
Space Goose

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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1885 on: 09/23/2017 09:05 AM »
Space Goose
But what you gonna do when if the Goose lands on you? :)
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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1886 on: 09/23/2017 08:48 PM »
The thing looks like the Howard Hughes "Spruce Goose" times two. The "Spruce Deuce" might be a good nickname.  ;D

Deuce Goose is better
Space Goose

Assuming it ever does a space launch. I’m still skeptical it will happen.

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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1887 on: 09/26/2017 11:18 PM »
I second your opinion. An astonishing aircraft, but the basic concept is flawed / unuseful. But I'm quite sure such aircraft can find other uses.
Imagine a giant passenger pod with large panoramic windows. Or some big cargo pod.

It won't work as a passenger anything, too expensive and dangerous. It probably can find work stealing jobs from An-225, but if you were building a new cargo plane from scratch, you would not use the same configuration.

Maybe SNC could use it for Dream Chaser drop tests??  Given the number of tests it seems they want to do before actually launching DC for real, that might keep them busy for a while..

With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1888 on: 11/15/2017 03:58 PM »
http://spacenews.com/nasa-agreement-sign-of-stratolaunch-engine-development-program/

Seems they're planning to go solo and develop their own launch vehicle. The decision to hire Jeff Thornburg who worked on the J2X and Raptor, makes sense now. The question now is what kind of launcher are they planning on? Presumably it will be an all liquid design similar to LauncherOne or the old abandoned F9Air.
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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1889 on: 11/15/2017 11:55 PM »
Interesting.

Perhaps it would make sense for them to pick up the remains of XCOR and any folks from there still kicking dust around Mojave. At least give them a leg up on upper stage engine development.

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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1890 on: 11/16/2017 12:06 AM »
It would be interesting to get more details. Might be a good future launcher for the (potential) scaled Dream Chaser variant for Stratolaunch.
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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1891 on: 11/19/2017 06:13 PM »

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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1892 on: 11/20/2017 12:29 AM »
« Last Edit: 11/20/2017 12:29 AM by ringsider »

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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1893 on: 12/18/2017 01:12 AM »
Video of taxi test:

Quote from: Paul Allen
Stratolaunch turned onto the Mojave Air and Space Port runway center line yesterday and successfully conducted its first taxi test. More to share soon!

https://twitter.com/PaulGAllen/status/942574809086509056
« Last Edit: 12/18/2017 01:21 AM by yg1968 »

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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1894 on: 12/18/2017 02:35 AM »
The thing looks like the Howard Hughes "Spruce Goose" times two. The "Spruce Deuce" might be a good nickname.  ;D

Deuce Goose is better

Obviously, it should be the Spruce Moose:


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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1895 on: 12/18/2017 02:56 AM »
Reportedly preparing for taxi tests!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BbqWYdYA8Zj/?taken-by=atcpilot_photography


And further news on what it will carry?

"Anything it wants to ..." (see sleeping arrangements of 800-pound gorillas)  ;)

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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1896 on: 12/18/2017 05:30 AM »
Video of taxi test:

Quote from: Paul Allen
Stratolaunch turned onto the Mojave Air and Space Port runway center line yesterday and successfully conducted its first taxi test. More to share soon!

https://twitter.com/PaulGAllen/status/942574809086509056

YouTube copy: 
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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1897 on: 12/18/2017 10:15 PM »
Scaled PR attached

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Scaled Composites Taxis World’s Largest Aircraft
Stratolaunch Aircraft Moves Under Its Own Power

MOJAVE, CA, December 16, 2017:
This past weekend, the Scaled test team successfully executed a low speed taxi test of the Stratolaunch aircraft. During this initial taxi test, the aircraft moved down the runway under its own power for the first time. These first test points have demonstrated the fundamental ability to control the aircraft speed and direction on the runway.

What is it like to move the world’s largest aircraft? Joe Sweat, Project Pilot, commented, “It was a lot less intimidating once we had it out there, in terms of how much runway we take up. From a visual standpoint, we had a lot more room than I was anticipating. Getting the airplane moving under its own power was really interesting – just seeing and feeling how the nose wheel steering reacts and how the brakes respond to the inputs.[

We have been working with Stratolaunch for the past five years designing, building, and testing the world’s largest aircraft. Paul Allen’s mission for Stratolaunch is developing an air launch platform to make access to space more convenient, reliable, and routine.
“Later taxi testing will include faster speeds and more challenging steering and braking tasks, all in preparation for first flight. It was exciting to see this magnificent machine on the runway for the first time!” said Brandon Wood, Test Conductor.
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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1898 on: 12/20/2017 06:41 PM »
At the beginning of the video it looks as if the two fuselages are not attached together :p
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Re: Stratolaunch Announcement, Updates and Discussion
« Reply #1899 on: 02/26/2018 04:07 PM »
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Captured new video of @Stratolaunch plane as it reached a top taxi speed of 40 knots (46 mph) with all flight surfaces in place on Sunday. The team verified control responses, building on the first taxi tests conducted in December.

https://twitter.com/PaulGAllen/status/968168785076142080

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