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Stratolaunch’s Roc—the world’s biggest airplane by wingspan—was built by Scaled Composites as a one-of-a-kind air-launch platform for aerial vehicles and aerospace research. Roc is expected to begin commercial operations late this year from its base at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port.
Stratolaunch released stunning new air-to-air video Thursday, showing spectacular views of Roc, the world’s largest airplane by wingspan.
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The agreement between the company behind the aircraft with the world’s largest wingspan and the R&D arm of the Air Force calls for the first flight test of a hypersonic test vehicle.
A successful separation test clears the way for a move toward hypersonic flight.
The company said it is on track to perform its first hypersonic flight this year.
The captive carry test flight was the eighth for Stratolaunch’s Roc, testing its inflight launch capability.
Test flight crews for Stratolaunch’s Roc shortened their mission Thursday after a malfunctioning sensor near the airplane’s left elevator on the left fuselage.
Stratolaunch, operator of the world’s largest airplane, has unveiled a separation vehicle test article which will be used to demonstrate the massive aircraft’s air-to-launch capabilities.
Stratolaunch says the world’s largest airplane by wingspan, will help the U.S. achieve a “national security imperative” by helping to develop hypersonic weapons.
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