Michael Sheetz+ Your Authors @thesheetztweetz Space Reporter @CNBC | pitches [email protected] | DM for cell, WhatsApp, Signal, ProtonMail | formerly @DJNF @ESTribune | alumnus @TheKingsCollege Mar. 30, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Stratolaunch reveals the fleet of aircraft it is developing to make use of the world's largest airplane, starting with Talon A:

"fully reusable, autonomous, liquid rocket-powered Mach 6-class hypersonic vehicle."  https://www.stratolaunch.com/vehicles 

Talon A is intended to be a high-speed testbed, "built for hypersonic research, experiments, and enabling operational missions."

Length: 28 feet
Wingspan: 11.3 feet
Weight: 6,000 lbs  https://www.stratolaunch.com/vehicles/talon-a 

Stratolaunch is also designing two more vehicles, Talon Z and Black Ice.

The latter "is a fully reusable space plane that enables advanced on-orbit capabilities and cargo return. Initial designs optimized for cargo launch, with a follow-on variant capable of transporting crew."

All of these aircraft are designed to launch from Stratolaunch's carrier aircraft, nicknamed Roc:

Stratolaunch says that as many as 3 of the Talon-A vehicles can be launched in a single flight, all carried under the central wing.


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