Stratolauncha??Completes Historic First Flight of Aircraft

World's largest aircraft takes to the sky forAitsAtest flight over Mojave DesertMOJAVE, California, AprilA13,A2019 /PRNewswire/ --AStratolaunchASystems Corporation,Afounded by Paul G. Allen, todayAsuccessfully completedAtheAfirst flightAof the world's largest all-composite aircraft,AtheAStratolaunch.AWithAaAdualAfuselage design andAwingspan greater than the length of an American footballAfield,AtheAStratolaunchAaircraft tookAflight at 06:58AAM PDT from the Mojave Air & Space Port. Achieving a maximum speed ofA189 miles per hour, the plane flew forA2.5 hoursAover the MojaveADesert at altitudes up toA17,000 feet.AAs part of theAinitialAflight, the pilots evaluated aircraft performance and handling qualities before landing successfully back at the Mojave Air and Space Port. "What a fantastic first flight," said Jean Floyd, CEO of Stratolaunch. "Today's flight furthers our mission to provide a flexible alternative to ground launched systems. We are incredibly proud of the Stratolaunch team, today's flight crew, our partners at Northrup Grumman's Scaled Composites and the Mojave Air and Space Port."TheAtestAteam conducted standard aircraft testing exercises. Initial results from today's test points include:AA

Performed a variety of flight control maneuvers to calibrate speed and test flight control systems, including roll doublets, yawing maneuvers, pushovers and pull-ups, and steady heading side slips.

Conducted simulated landing approach exercises at a max altitude of 15,000 feet mean sea level.

TheAStratolaunchAaircraft is a mobile launch platform that will enable airline-style access to space that is convenient, affordable and routine. The reinforced center wing can support multiple launch vehicles, weighing up to a total of 500,000 pounds.AAA"WeAall know Paul would have beenAproud to witness today's historic achievement,"Asaid Jody Allen,AChair of Vulcan Inc. and Trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust.A"The aircraftAisAa remarkable engineering achievement and we congratulate everyone involved."AAFor more information, please sheet,Aaerial images and video of first flight. PleaseAalsoAfollowA@StratolaunchAon Twitter for the latest updates.AAboutAStratolaunchASystems Corporationa??A
Founded in 2011 by Paul G. Allen,AStratolaunchASystems Corporation believes in safeguarding Earth for future generations. We do this by enabling convenient, affordable, and routine, airline-style access to space that empowers the world's problem solversA-Aso that they can collect rich and actionable data and drive advancements in science, research, and technology from space.a??AFly to orbit withAStratolaunch.a??APress Inquiries: a??EmailApress@stratolaunch.comA| PhoneA206-342-2230ALogo -
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