Stratolaunch Flight 4 Objective Today: Raise & Lower Landing Gear for First Time

Video Caption: Stratolaunch Lead Systems Engineer Stu Yun discusses preparation for the carrier aircraft’s fourth flight test, in which the team will retract and extend all of the aircraft landing gear for the first time.

Editor’s Note: The video spotlights some of the tradeoffs with advanced flying machines built by Burt Rutan and Scaled Composites. They are capable of very innovative designs that push the outside of the envelope on what can be done with airplanes and spacecraft. The tradeoff is that the vehicles can be quite complex and not the easiest things to operate or maintain. That it’s taking until the fourth flight to fully retract and extend all the landing gear is ample proof.