Stratolaunch Completes 2nd Captive Carry Flight with TA-1 Test Vehicle

Stratolaunch announces the completion of a second captive carry flight with the first powered Talon-A hypersonic vehicle, TA-1. The flight was the thirteenth for the company's launch platform Roc and the second in which the aircraft carried a Talon vehicle with live propellant aboard. It was also the first time TA-1 operated within the Vandenberg Western Range as part of a buildup approach for Talon-A's first powered flight.

Stratolaunch Completes 2nd Captive Carry Flight with TA-1 Test Vehicle

The flight lasted a total of 4 hours and 29 minutes, supporting the company's near-term goal of completing a powered flight with the Talon-A vehicle, TA-1. A primary objective was to evaluate Talon-A's propulsion system and the flight environments while carrying live propellant. A second objective was to verify Roc and TA-1's telemetry systems in tandem with range communication assets, which together provides the situational awareness needed to ensure all systems are ready for powered flight during the release sequence.

"We collected valuable data during our first captive carry of TA-1 in December 2023, particularly regarding propellant management of TA-1's feed system" said Dr. Zachary Krevor, Chief Executive Officer and President for Stratolaunch. "Our goal with this flight was to continue our risk reduction approach for TA-1's first powered flight and be steadfast on our commitment of delivering maximum value to our customers when the first powered flight occurs."

"Initial results of today's flight look positive for each vehicle's health and performance, and we will complete a comprehensive review of the test data to determine our next steps toward powered flight," said Dr. Krevor.

Concurrent to TA-1 testing, Stratolaunch is progressing on the manufacturing of the TA-2 and TA-3 vehicles, the first fully reusable vehicles in that Talon-A product line. Pending full data results of the TA-1 first powered flight, TA-2 is anticipated to take flight later in 2024 signaling the United States return to reusable hypersonic flight test. The company is also working on modifications to its additional launch platform, the Spirit of Mojave, a modified Boeing 747-400.

SOURCE Stratolaunch

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