- Parabolic Arc
- November 29, 2023
Stratolaunch Preparing for Flight with Hypersonic Test Vehicle
It appears that Stratolaunch will fly the Roc aircraft with its structurally complete Talon-A hypersonic test vehicle, TA-0, attached for the first time this week. There are NOTAMs indicating the closure of the Mojave Air and Space Port’s Runway 12-30 on Monday and Tuesday.
My best guess is Stratolaunch will conduct a captive carry flight to test how the giant twin fuselage aircraft handles with a payload attached under its central wing. It’s possible they could conduct a drop test of TA-0, but the flight test program has been conservative thus far.
Talon-A is designed to advance hypersonic flight, which involves speeds of Mach 5 and above.