This new air-launch
capability from the jet Banshee, has been successfully trialled in Canada over the past twelve months.
Then, in 2022, Stratolaunch expects the first flight of its "new medium-class air-launch
vehicle" which it calls Medium Launch Vehicle.
Under a contract with the US Air Force Research Lab, the tests were all accomplished over a three-week period at the company's tactical propulsion center of excellence at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in Rocket Center, West Virginia, validating motor performance at both the hot and cold temperature extremes required by air-launch
tactical missiles and boosters.
The goal was to build a four or five engine variant of the Falcon rocket designed for air-launch
. However, work between the companies ended in 2012, after SpaceX determined that too many modifications were required.
Aerojet Rocketdynes advanced tactical booster program recently completed two successful hot-fire tests of a motor that had been conditioned to mimic extreme cold- and hot-soak conditions for air-launch
Once aloft, the rocket would drop and fire its engines and "air-launch
" to orbit.
MARYLAND (CyHAN)- NASA Dryden Flight Research Center is developing a novel space access, rocket launching technique called the Towed Glider Air-Launch
Pegasus and its derivatives are compatible with air-launch
deployment from three aircraft types (L-1011, B-52, C-17) and have been launched from eight ranges in the U.S.
to provide six RL10C-1 production engines, with an option to provide an additional six RL10C-1 production engines at a later date, for the third stage of a revolutionary commercial air-launch
was captured by side and forward looking high speed cameras and the separation was exactly as per the simulation.
Taking full advantage of LauncherOne as a dedicated launch service for small satellites and as a uniquely flexible service enabled by air-launch
, the SpaceBelt constellation will be deployed in 12 individual missions.
Its patented air-launch
system, in which the rocket is launched from beneath Orbital's "Stargazer" L-1011 carrier aircraft over the ocean, reduces cost and provides customers with unparalleled flexibility to operate from virtually anywhere on Earth with minimal ground support requirements.