Stratolaunch giant aircraft will be able to launch hypersonic gliders


The company Stratolaunch, which previously announced the resumption of flights of the Stratolaunch Model 351 in September of this year, presented projects of three aircraft that will be launched using the aircraft with the longest wing. One of them - a hypersonic glider, is now under active development and should carry out its first flight as early as 2022.


Recall that initially the giant plane Stratolaunch positioned its aircraft as an “air launch” for light and medium launch vehicles. However, after the death of company founder Paul Allen and a series of problems that arose, the developer had to radically change the concept of using the Stratolaunch Model 351, focusing on hypersonic research.

At the moment, the company's engineers are actively working on a hypersonic glider Talon-A, which can reach speeds of 7 Mach numbers. The length of the apparatus is 8,5 meters, width - 3,4 meters. After separating from the Stratolaunch Model 351, a 2,72-ton airframe will continue to fly through its own liquid-propellant rocket engine. In this case, the hypersonic segment can last more than a minute.


In the free compartments of the reusable Talon-A will be located equipment designed for hypersonic research. According to the developer, the glider can not only land on the runway, but also, if necessary, take off from the airfield without a carrier aircraft. Flight tests of the device will begin in 2022, and it should be put into permanent operation already in 2023.

It is worth noting that in addition to Talon-A, the company announced the creation of a similar Talon-Z airframe and the reusable Black Ice unmanned spacecraft. At the same time, the developer emphasizes that the Stratolaunch Model 351 aircraft will be able to take off with two or three gliders at the same time, and then release them in turn.
  • Photos used: https://www.stratolaunch.com/
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  1. Orange big Offline Orange big
    Orange big (Max) 31 March 2020 12: 58
    +1
    This is a clean cut of money. It's harder to think of something crazy.
    1. Lieutenant Rzhevsky I 31 March 2020 19: 40
      +1

      We will closely monitor.
  2. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 31 March 2020 13: 32
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    He can launch anything that they attach to the fuselage, then he will launch it. The idea of ​​an air launch is not new. The point is small - it remains to make the hypersonic glider itself. winked But this is a problem. winked
  3. albor.ru Offline albor.ru
    albor.ru (Alexander) 31 March 2020 16: 03
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    To start hypersonic gliders, you must first at least have a hypersonic glider ...

    Is it true that a tiger can HORSE to eat !?

    Sist is that he is sist ... That hto give him !?
  4. Lieutenant Rzhevsky I 31 March 2020 17: 13
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    hypersonic glider Talon-A .... further flight through its own liquid rocket engine.

    Glider - a non-powered aircraft ... (s)
    1. albor.ru Offline albor.ru
      albor.ru (Alexander) 31 March 2020 17: 21
      -1
      Not only. A part of an airplane without equipping it with an engine is also called a glider. The Tu-90 glider remained old, but the engine from the White Swan was inserted into it and it became 30% more powerful.
      1. Lieutenant Rzhevsky I 31 March 2020 18: 13
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        Quote: albor.ru
        Part of an airplane is also called a glider

        I know. But here it is not about installing an engine from K-700 to DT-75.
  5. Orange big Offline Orange big
    Orange big (Max) 31 March 2020 23: 06
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    Quote: albor.ru
    Not only. A part of an airplane without equipping it with an engine is also called a glider. The Tu-90 glider remained old, but the engine from the White Swan was inserted into it and it became 30% more powerful.

    Excuse me, maybe you mean the Tu-95 MS, not the mythical Tu-90? The NK-95MP turboprop engine is on the Tu-12 MS, and it can not be replaced with the NK-32 jet from the White Swan Tu-160.