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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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Paul Allen’s death leaves unfinished space business

Seattle billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen’s death comes just as his Stratolaunch space venture is counting down to the first flight of the world’s biggest airplane — and lifting the veil on a wide range of space applications. Now it’s up to the … Continue reading

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Giant Stratolaunch plane gets closer to first flight

The world’s biggest airplane, built by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch Systems, is one step closer to making its first flight after buzzing down the runway at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port this week at speeds as fast as 80 … Continue reading

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NanoRacks names its space outpost team

It takes a village to raise an space outpost, and NanoRacks’ array of villagers includes Stratolaunch as well as Olis Robotics, the startup formerly known as BluHaptics. NanoRacks, which is headquartered in Texas, today listed those two Seattle-based companies among its partners for a … Continue reading

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Stratolaunch lifts the veil on PGA rocket engine

The name of Stratolaunch Systems’ home-grown rocket engine leaves no doubt about who’s footing the bill: It’s called the PGA, as in Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen. Stratolaunch has made glancing references to its in-house propulsion system development program over the … Continue reading

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Stratolaunch’s giant plane spotted from space

How big is the world’s biggest airplane? So big that it shows up clearly in a black-and-white photo taken by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-1 satellite on Sept. 22. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch space venture took the 385-foot-wide, twin-fuselage airplane out of its hangar at California’s … Continue reading

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Stratolaunch lays out roadmap for hypersonic planes

Stratolaunch Systems, the aerospace company created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, says it’s exploring the development of a series of rocket planes that would serve as a testbed for hypersonic flight. Stephen Corda, Stratolaunch’s senior technical fellow for hypersonics, presented the … Continue reading

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