In the United States in the Mojave desert for the first time demonstrated the Stratolaunch aircraft with the largest wingspan of 117 meters
In California in the Mojave desert for the first time demonstrated the Stratolaunch aircraft with the largest wingspan of 117 meters, reports Rus.Media.
It is reported by Inforesist.
Created the airplane Corporation Orbital OTK. It is designed to run from the height of 9100 meters of space launch vehicles. The plane is equipped with six engines Pratt&Whitney PW4056 and represents two of the fuselage with a length of 72 meters each, connected by a common wing. The mass of the aircraft is 250 tons, and with a full load of 590 tons.
“We are pleased to announce that the work on creation of the aircraft Stratolaunch overcome an important milestone on the way to creating a convenient, reliable and daily way to deliver cargo to low earth orbit. Thus, the first stage of creation of the plane and begins ground and flight tests”, – said the chief Manager of the company Stratolaunch Systems Corp Jean Floyd.
According to Floyd, was created as Stratolaunch air launch platform for rockets, Pegasus XL. In the first stage, he will carry one rocket, and later — up to three missiles.
The first demonstration launch from aboard a Stratolaunch expected, according to him, in 2019.
As reported, until the end of 2016, “Antonov” intends to negotiate with the Chinese Aerospace Industry Corporation of China on the development of project documentation to complete the Assembly of the second instance of the aircraft An-225 “Mriya”.