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Stratolaunch resurrects hypersonic rocket vehicle

Now that it’s under new management, Stratolaunch is retooling a concept for a rocket-powered hypersonic vehicle that it first unveiled 18 months ago. Back then, it was called the Hyper-A testbed vehicle, and it represented one of the engineering frontiers for Microsoft co-founder … Continue reading

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Stratolaunch keeps working on hypersonic vehicles

It’s been three months since ownership of the Stratolaunch space venture was transferred from the late Seattle billionaire Paul Allen’s estate to a private equity firm, but the new owners say they’re still pursuing one of the old owner’s dreams: hypersonic flight. Get … Continue reading

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Stratolaunch says it’s under new ownership

Stratolaunch, the company that was founded by the late Seattle billionaire Paul Allen in 2011 to build a flying launch pad for rockets, says it’s under new ownership. The transition serves as the latest sign that Jody Allen — Paul Allen’s sister, … Continue reading

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Stratolaunch rebuilds team for monster airplane

Stratolaunch is hiring — nearly a year after the death of its billionaire backer, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and five months after the company’s monster plane took its first and only test flight. Allen founded the venture in 2011, with the goal of … Continue reading

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Sources: Stratolaunch space venture is up for sale

Sources say Vulcan Inc. is looking to sell Stratolaunch, the space venture founded by the late Seattle billionaire Paul Allen, and one report says the asking price could be as high as $400 million. That price tag was reported today by CNBC, quoting unnamed … Continue reading

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Stratolaunch flies world’s biggest plane

Stratolaunch, the aerospace venture founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, sent the world’s biggest airplane into the air today for its first flight test. The twin-fuselage plane, which incorporates parts from two Boeing 747 jumbo jets and has … Continue reading

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Stratolaunch space venture scales back sharply

Stratolaunch, the Seattle-based space venture created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen seven years ago, says it’s discontinuing its programs to develop a new type of rocket engine and a new line of rockets. The company said it would continue work … Continue reading

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Test gets Stratolaunch super-plane set for takeoff

Stratolaunch, the aerospace venture created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, says its twin-fuselage, six-engine aircraft raced as fast as 136 mph down the runway at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port today during its latest taxi test. That’s almost takeoff … Continue reading

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Stratolaunch’s rocket preburner hits full power

Chalk up another milestone for Stratolaunch Systems’ rocket engine development effort: The Seattle-based space company founded by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says it ramped up the preburner for its PGA rocket engine to full power this week during hot-fire … Continue reading

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Stratolaunch fires up its rocket engine preburner

Stratolaunch Systems, the space venture founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, says it has successfully completed the first hot-fire test of a key component for its hydrogen-fueled PGA rocket engine. The full-scale hydrogen preburner was fired up last Friday at … Continue reading

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