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Stratolaunch’s Second Captive Carry Flight Successful with Test Vehicle, TA-0

Stratolaunch’s Second Captive Carry Flight Successful with Test
Aerospace company, Stratolaunch, recently completed the second captive carry flight using the Talon-A separation test vehicle, TA-O. This marks the 9th flight for Roc, the company's launch platform.
This flight achieved a new record of six hours of total flight time reaching a maximum altitude of 22,500 feet, this marks another important step towards the company's near-term objective of completing separation testing with the TA-0. The primary test objectives included flying for the first time outside the Mojave region and analyzing the separation environment.

Before the release of TA-0, the onboard data systems of Roc and TA-0 provide crucial information on the aerodynamic loads and moments, ensuring the safe separation of the vehicle from Roc. The flight crew also rehearsed chase formation and communication sequencing to prepare for the upcoming separation test.

A flight data review will ascertain the next steps required on the test timeline. Stratolaunch continues to progress towards its separation test and is on track for TA-1's first hypersonic flight during the first half of 2023.

Dr. Zachary Krevor, CEO and President of Stratolaunch, said, "Our amazing team is continuing to make progress on our test timeline, and it is through their hard work that we grow closer than ever to safe separation and our first hypersonic flight tests." He further added, "The thorough evaluation of release conditions will provide data to reduce risks and ensure a clean and safe release of Talon-A during future tests, we are excited for what's ahead this year as we bring our hypersonic flight test service online for our customers and the nation."
(Source – PR Newswire)

About Stratolaunch

Based in Mojave, California, Stratolaunch is an aviation and aerospace company which uses ingenious design, operation, and manufacturing capabilities to advance high-speed technology in the aerospace sector. Founded in 2011, the company aims to fulfill several critical national needs through innovative technology which includes the need for regular, secure space access and to significantly advance the nation's capacity to design and operate hypersonic vehicles.

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