Fresh off its fifth
flight of the biggest airplane ever built, Stratolaunch is readying to test a hypersonic vehicle
The Mojave, California-based
company announced that it has structurally completed the Talon-A test vehicle, known as TA-0.
A future flight
of Roc will release TA-0, which is unpowered, to assess Roc's systems
After completing TA-0
separation testing, the company will transition to flying its first hypersonic test vehicle, TA-1," Stratolaunch stated
stratolaunch's team has
also started fabrication of a third vehicle, TA-2, the first fully reusable hypersonic test vehicle
TA-0 should do a captive
carry flight later this year, meaning the vehicle will be tested underneath Roc to see how the test article affects the flight dynamics of the 385-foot carrier aircraft.