A mock-up of the Talon-A reusable, hypersonic launch vehicle is apparently being prepared for drop testing by Stratolaunch Roc, the largest aeroplane in the world by wingspan.
Photos of the aeroplane with its new payload were posted on Twitter, giving away the fact that a test flight was about to occur.
According to reports cited by The Aviationist, the test will involve the separation drop-test of an unmanned Talon-A hypersonic mock-up known as TA-0.
On September 22, 2022, Stratolaunch announced that the explosive bolts on the Roc’s pylon release system had been tested successfully.
After a successful separation test, Stratolaunch will launch the TA-1 prototype for its initial test flight.
The Talon-A is a Mach 5 rocket-powered vehicle intended for hypersonic study and experimentation through data gathering following flights.
In the future, Stratolaunch plans to use three pylons installed on the Roc’s centre wing to concurrently launch three Talon aircraft.
Scaled Composites developed the Roc with the intention of using it to launch rockets into space, and it made its first flight in April 2019.
Paul Allen, the founder of Stratolaunch, passed away, and the organization’s goals were revised to focus on hypersonic research.
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