Stratolaunch is a mobile launch system with three primary components.
The Stratolaunch carrier aircraft, currently in development by Scaled, will be the largest aircraft ever flown. The airlaunch system will provide orbital access to space with greater safety, cost-effectiveness, and flexibility. ... More
The all-composite Triumph, an 8,500 lb, pressurized 8-place business aircraft, was designed around the brand-new, never flown, Williams FJ-44 turbofan engine.
The subsequent test program, which consisted of over 100 hours of flight tests, confirmed the performance and operating characteristics of both the airplane and the engines. ... More
Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer
This record-breaking, single-place, aviation marvel features two external booms flanking a center pod where the pilot sits, on top of which is the aircraft's powerhouse, a Williams turbofan jet engine.
The GlobalFlyer was designed to circumnavigate the globe with the hopes of setting new aviation records. Not only did it allow adventurer Steve Fossett to fly around the world without stopping or refueling, it did so at a record-breaking time. Fossett then went on to break the long-distance flight record set by Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager. GlobalFlyer now resides in the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. ... More
Initially developed to provide a launch platform at 50,000 ft for SpaceShipOne, White Knight is a three-place, high-altitude, flexible and capable research aircraft.
The aircraft's high thrust-to-weight ratio, enormous speed brakes, and common aircraft systems allowed astronauts in training to practice SpaceShipOne flight maneuvers, like approach and landing, in a realistic environment. White Knight launched SpaceShipOne 14 times, including the first privately funded human spaceflight. The final launch, on October 4, 2004, won the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE. ... More