During another in a series of tests at the airfield in the Mojave desert, the largest aircraft in the world Stratolaunch using its own engines reached a speed of 219 km/h — last year this mark was called enough to start flight tests.
This was reported on page Stratolaunch Twitter.
More progress today in the Mojave. Our #Stratolaunch aircraft reached a speed of 136 mph during today’s test. #wheelie pic.twitter.com/ktYPKHyA5w
— Stratolaunch (@Stratolaunch) January 9, 2019
However, the time of the beginning of the flight test information yet. According to experts, test flights can continue for another 18 to 24 months, after which the American regulator FAA approves commercial operation.
From Stratolaunch 28 chassis. It weighs 250 tons, a wingspan of 117 meters. The main purpose of the aircraft — ship missiles at high altitude and launch them into space.
The main advantage of Stratolaunch — the ability to take on Board for a relatively small value of several small satellites, whose owners now have months to wait in line for the big rocket to put up with an imperfect path, which “draw” in the interests of the main client. It is assumed that Stratolaunch will launch the satellites in perfect orbit and from any corner of the earth where there is an airport with suitable runway.
As earlier it became known, one of the largest and most powerful in the world transport aircraft of the Ukrainian “Mriya” was able to set up 240 world aircordav.