air launch

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air launch

[′er ‚lȯnch]
(aerospace engineering)
Launching from an aircraft in the air.
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AirLaunch had an idea to drop payloads out of the back of a C-17.
AirLaunch LLC, a Washington state company, is using Edwards Air Force Base to test a launch vehicle it calls the QuickReach rocket.
The Airlaunch rocket can be flown anywhere in the world in any unmodified C-17," Walker said.
They are AirLaunch, Andrews Space, Exquadrum, KT Engineering, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Microcosm, Orbital Sciences, Schafer, and Space Exploration Technologies.
SAN DIEGO -- Space Micro successfully shipped a computer/avionics system to AirLaunch LLC, to be used for ground-based and flight testing.
Another company, AirLaunch LLC, has developed a low-cost vehicle that doesn't require a launch pad.
The dummy booster was dropped Wednesday over Edwards as part of AirLaunch LLC's efforts to develop a launch vehicle called QuickReach rocket, intended to be able to put small surveillance and communication satellites into space more quickly and for significantly less money than conventional rockets.
AirLaunch LLC, another private start-up, has a concept to launch small satellites from the back of a C-17 transport aircraft, which could solve the crowded spaceport problem.
The next test, which has not yet been scheduled, will feature a 72,000-pound test object, the expected weight of a live QuickReach rocket, said Debra Facktor Lepore, president of AirLaunch LLC.
AirLaunch plans to conduct engine testing at a test stand in Mojave and will conduct flight tests with the assistance of the 418th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards, said company president Debra Facktor Lepore.
In the past six months, Bigelow Aerospace, SpaceDev, AirLaunch LLC, and New Mexico's Spaceport America have joined up with existing members SpaceX, Scaled Composites, Space Adventures, Armadillo Aerospace, the X PRIZE Foundation, Rocketplane-Kistler, XCOR Aerospace, Transformational Space Corporation, Virgin Galactic, and the Mojave Spaceport to create an even more unified presence for the industry.