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Scaled Composites completes tow test of Stratolaunch composite aircraft

News International-French

6 Jun 2017

Scaled is announces that the Stratolaunch aircraft was towed outside for the first time to begin the ground test phase. The aircraft has a wingspan of 385 feet and is one of the largest composite aircrafts ever built.

Scaled completes tow test of Stratolaunch composite aircraft

A Scaled team of 300 engineers and fabricators designed, built, and hand assembled the twin fuselage vehicle as an air launch platform with a payload capacity of about 550,000 pounds. This milestone in the project’s history brings the aircraft into the test phase and one step closer to first flight.

A rollout of 270 feet and a return to the hangar was performed with two tugs. After the test debrief, the aircraft was pulled back out of the hangar at the end of the day and put into position for the upcoming fuel test series.