STRATOLAUNCH ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH ORBITAL SCIENCES TO DESIGN, ASSEMBLE, INTEGRATE AND TEST THE AIR LAUNCH VEHICLE
HUNTSVILLE, AL, June 3, 2013- Space technology leader Orbital Sciences Corporation has joined Stratolaunch Systems team to design, build, and operate Stratolaunch's redesigned air launch rocket system. Orbital's involvement is key in realizing Stratolaunch System's vision to provide orbital access with greater safety, cost effectiveness and flexibility. The agreement was finalized after a nine-month research period in which Stratolaunch charged Orbital with developing a comprehensive operational concept for its air-launch system, including the unique design of the rocket and operational processes and procedures that will need to be in place to operate the system. Going forward, Orbital will be responsible for the program's overall systems engineering, as well as the development, production, integration, test, and operations of the air launch vehicle and related support systems.
Orbital develops and manufactures small- and medium-class rockets and space systems for commercial, military, and civil government customers. The company's primary products are satellites and launch vehicles, including low-earth orbit, geosynchronous earth orbit and planetary exploration spacecraft for communications, remote sensing, scientific and defense missions; human-related space systems for Earth-orbit, lunar and other missions; ground- and air-launched rockets that deliver satellites into orbit; and missile defense systems that are used as interceptor and target vehicles.
Ribbon cutting ceremony at the new 103,257-square-foot hangar located at Mojave Air and Space Port.
Stratolaunch opens 103,257 square foot hangar
MOJAVE, CA, March 25, 2013- Stratolaunch Systems has opened a new hangar that will eventually house the world’s largest aircraft during the assembly and testing stages.
The hangar opening brings Stratolaunch Systems one step closer to its goal of delivering a breakthrough air-launch system that provides safe, flexible, and affordable orbital access to space.
The 103,257-square-foot hangar is one of the two Stratolaunch facilities built at Mojave Air and Space Port to accommodate construction of the system’s carrier aircraft. The other Mojave facility, a 88,000-square-foot fabrication facility, opened in October 2012 and is currently used to manufacture the aircraft’s wing and fuselage sections. Both facilities were constructed by Bakersfield, Calif.-based Wallace and Smith General Contractors.
“Stratolaunch has made significant progress over the past year and a half, and the new hangar allows us to keep that momentum going so that we can hit our first test flight in 2016,” said Gary Wentz, CEO and President of Stratolaunch Systems.