Taxi tests for Paul Allen's Stratolaunch successfully reach 90 mph
by Staff Writers
Washington DC (Sputnik) Oct 22, 2018
Stratolaunch, one of the world's largest aircraft, which is intended to launch payloads rockets into Earth's orbit, successfully carried out taxi tests on a runway in the Mojave Desert just days before the project's founder and driving force Paul Allen died, the company said in a statement on Friday.
"The team performed medium-speed taxi testing at the Mojave Air and Space Port in October 2018. Ground speeds reached a maximum of 90 mph during the test series," Stratolaunch said via Twitter.
The aircraft is being built for Stratolaunch Systems by Scaled Composites to carry air-launch-to-orbit rockets. Its first launch demonstration is scheduled for 2019, according to published reports.
Previous year, Stratolaunch aircraft, the world's widest plane intended to take rockets to the stratosphere for launch, conducted first taxi tests on a runway in California.
Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, died of lymphoma on October 15. Allen co-founded Microsoft Corporation with Bill Gates in 1975. He was reported to be the 46th-richest person in the world.
Source: Sputnik News
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