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Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:03 pm

Some new pictures have been published when Stratolaunch hosted Vice President Mike Pence earlier this month:

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Source: http://www.stratolaunch.com/news/VP-MikePence.html

And another pic from the day when they stated the engine for the first time (for the first time on the carrier aircraft, of course):
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Source: https://www.wired.de/collection/tech/st ... t-flugzeug
 
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Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:49 pm

Great pictures. Hoping to see it in the air soon.
 
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Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:52 pm

Still a bizarre construction, can't wait to see if it works.
Many happy landings, greetings from The Netherlands!
 
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Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:30 pm

I have such a nasty feeling about this and RB's project.I sadly think both will go the way of the 'Spruce Goose'.
There is of course so much going on in the space field right now.But there will (as ever) be winners and losers.
In terms of business Europe,Japan,India,Russia and China all have their government supported programmes and the business that goes with it.That does not leave much.Already there are small sat launchers out there with too many more (including this one).
If it was so lucrative then you would be seeing Elon using Falcon1's but he isn't.And anyway you can always add them to other bigger missions at a much lower cost.
I think the NZ guys will go bust first,quickly followed by RB's 747 idea and also finally this one (others have already stopped).
Yup I know it's pessimistic ,wish I wasn't.
 
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Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:12 am

No need to get too sceptical. These projects seem to progress fast. Quite different from the old bureaucracy of big space organisations with long schedules and enormous costs that avoid risk at any cost.
Stratolaunch's issue is that it looks to be too big for modern micro satellites. Maybe they can carry some "bus" into space, with some dozens of satellites in it or similar?
 
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Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:25 am

Noshow wrote:
No need to get too sceptical. These projects seem to progress fast. Quite different from the old bureaucracy of big space organisations with long schedules and enormous costs that avoid risk at any cost.
Stratolaunch's issue is that it looks to be too big for modern micro satellites. Maybe they can carry some "bus" into space, with some dozens of satellites in it or similar?


Stratolaunch capabilities appear to not reach beyond ~6t for LEO and ~2t for GTO ( even less after GEO insertion ).

the carrrier isn't much more than a ".2 stage" :-)
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