Stratolaunch aircraft completes first phase of engine testing

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Stratolaunch Combinations has concluded the first phase of engine testing of its giant aircraft mentioned after the company at its Mojave Air and Space Port facility in the US.

During the test, the Stratolaunch aircraft’s six Pratt and Whitney turbofan machines were switched on for the first time.

The testing included three states, first of which was ‘dry motor,’ where the company used an auxiliary power entity to charge the engine.

The second phase, ‘wet motor’, saw the introduction of fuel. The locomotives were started one at a time and allowed to idle in the final phase of the analysis.

According to Stratolaunch, all the six engines operated as expected throughout the test.

The exam of fuel and all the six fuel tanks of the aircraft were also conducted to certify proper operation.

Stratolaunch has further commenced the testing of the plane’s take to ones heels control system.

Stratolaunch Systems CEO Jean Floyd said: “Terminated the next few months, we will continue to test the aircraft’s engines at serious power levels and varying configurations, culminating to the start of taxi analyses.

“As we work toward that milestone, we look forward to sharing additional fine points on the aircraft’s journey.”

«The aircraft is designed to provide easy and convenient access to the low Clay orbit (LEO), while it is capable of carrying payloads up to around 550,000lbs.»

The Stratolaunch aircraft, which beared the aircraft fuelling tests in May, is the world’s largest plane due to its 385ft-long wingspan.

It gages 238ft from nose to tail, and stands 50ft tall from the lees to the top of the vertical tail.

The aircraft is designed to provide easy and convenient access to the low Clay orbit (LEO), while it is capable of carrying payloads up to around 550,000lbs.

Stratolaunch is initially developing to launch a single Orbital ATK Pegasus XL vehicle with the ability to set up up to three Pegasus vehicles in a single mission.


Image: Stratolaunch aircraft. Photo: courtliness of Dylan Schwartz via Stratolaunch Systems Corp.

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