WhiteKnightTwo

WhiteKnightTwo

Utilizing an open-architecture design and powered by four Pratt & Whitney turbofans, WhiteKnightTwo provides the high-altitude launch platform for SpaceShipTwo to achieve sub-orbital flight.

Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer

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.

SpaceShipOne

SpaceShipOne

SpaceShipOne, the first private manned spacecraft, is a three-place, high-altitude research rocket, designed for sub-orbital flights at an altitude of 100 km and powered by a unique hybrid rocket motor.

White Knight

White Knight

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.

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Proteus

Proteus is a twin-turbofan, high-altitude, multi-mission aircraft powered by Williams International FJ44-2E engines. It is designed to carry payloads in the 2,000 lb class to altitudes above 60,000 ft and remain on station up to 14 hours. Heavier payloads can be carried for shorter missions. It is intended for both piloted and UAV missions. Missions for Proteus include telecommunications, reconnaissance, atmospheric research, commercial imaging, and space launch.

The Proteus is designed with long wings and a low wing loading needed for efficient high altitude loiter. It excels in stability and low noise.

Proteus is owned by Northrop Grumman Corporation and operated by Scaled Composites, LLC.

Information Downloads (Adobe PDF)
Proteus Mission Users Guide
Proteus Specifications

Customers and Deployments
NASA Dryden - Airborne Science Program
NASA Langley - Earth Science
Spectir
University of Wisconsin – NAST-I
International H2O Project

Press Releases and News
Dec. 11, 2011: ARGUS-IS Sensor Testing
Mar. 9, 2011: KQ-X high altitude wake survey and safety chase
Nov. 18, 2010: MP-RTIP Sensor Development
May 29, 2007: BAE Systems wins contract to put SPIRITT in the sky
Jun. 15, 2005: t/Space tests air-launch passenger-carrying rocket concept
Apr. 30, 2004: Proteus aircraft supports airborne laser tests
Apr. 08, 2003: Researchers encouraged by collision-avoidance test results
Mar. 26, 2003: Radar system may open skies for unmanned vehicles
Jul. 7, 2002: NASA Crystal-FACE
Apr. 15, 2002: Massive weather study heads for the skies and roads of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas
Mar. 19, 2002: NASA flight tests validate UAV collision-avoidance technologies
Jun. 16, 2001: Proteus successfully tests Goodrich's SKYWATCH(R) TAS
Apr. 23, 2001: Proteus completes Pacific, polar mission
Jun. 15, 1999: Paris Air Show
Feb. 18, 1999: NASA ERAST
Sep. 23, 1998: Proteus: A High-Altitude, Multi-Mission Aircraft
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