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Stratolaunch Systems
« on: June 20, 2016, 05:41:13 PM »
MOJAVE, Calif. – When you walk into the place where Seattle software billionaire Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch Systems is building the world’s biggest airplane, it feels as if you’re stepping into the Starship Enterprise’s construction zone.

This view of Stratolaunch Systems’ hangar at Mojave Air and Space Port in California shows the massive airplane’s left-side fuselage and scaffolding. At least six people are in the picture. To spot them, click on the image and look for the red circles in an enlarged version. (Credit: Vulcan Inc.)



When the plane is loaded up with 550,000 pounds of payload, it’s projected to weigh in at 1.3 million pounds. That’s close to the weight of the world’s most massive airplane, the Russian-made Antonov An-225 cargo transport. And Stratolaunch trumps the An-225 when it comes to wingspan, thanks to its heavy use of lightweight graphite composites.

Stratolaunch purchased two used Boeing 747 jets for additional parts, including six engines (plus two spares), eight sets of landing gear, the seats, avionics and other cockpit equipment.



Sources:
Geekwire: Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch lifts veil on world’s biggest plane — a giant bet on a new way to space
Stratolaunch Systems: Vulcan Aerospace Home Page
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Re: Stratolaunch Systems
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2016, 02:29:20 AM »
More images:



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Re: Stratolaunch Systems
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2016, 02:48:08 AM »
Yep it's a cool project.

p.s. Carl, this subject can go in Ideas & Inspiration -> Aero-space.  ;)
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Re: Stratolaunch Systems
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2016, 03:22:12 AM »
I wonder if they will use it for non-launching duties - e.g. outsize cargo lifts?
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Re: Stratolaunch Systems
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2016, 03:36:01 AM »
I would bet there would be some very interesting stress factors at work following payload drops.


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Re: Stratolaunch Systems
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2016, 04:00:41 AM »
"SPROING!!!" comes to mind.  :o
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Re: Stratolaunch Systems
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2016, 10:43:55 AM »
I am glad twin-fuselage aircraft is up to date! :)

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Re: Stratolaunch Systems
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2017, 03:17:44 AM »
Almost there.

For the first time ever, the Stratolaunch aircraft moved out of the hangar to conduct aircraft fueling tests. This marks the completion of the initial aircraft construction phase and transition into the aircraft ground and flight testing phase.





Full Photo Gallery is here: http://stratolaunch.com/gallery.html

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Re: Stratolaunch Systems
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2017, 01:29:41 AM »
Oh yeah!!!

Les will do a 1/32 version whilst Tophe will double it up...
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Re: Stratolaunch Systems
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2017, 04:08:37 AM »
Suprised nobody has suggested extended wings yet ;)

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Re: Stratolaunch Systems
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2017, 04:19:35 AM »
Speaking of the wings: this thing already measures 385ft tip to tip...65ft more than the Hughes H-4! Once it lifts off that'll make Stratolaunch the biggest wingspan to ever fly.

I kinda like it!
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Re: Stratolaunch Systems
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2017, 02:32:13 AM »
Interesting image:

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Re: Stratolaunch Systems
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2017, 04:47:46 AM »
1) What are those under the centresection?

b) The wings are crying out for extensions.
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Re: Stratolaunch Systems
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2017, 04:58:18 AM »
Looks to me like Pegasus satellite launch systems

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Re: Stratolaunch Systems
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2017, 09:48:11 AM »
Be ideal in Navy blue carrying an air dropped-launched submarine.
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