View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. News
December 9, 2021

US Missile Defense Agency awards research contract to Stratolaunch

Stratolaunch is currently engaged in completing the company’s next set of Roc carrier aircraft test flights.

Stratolaunch has been awarded a research contract by the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to supplement flight testing resources.

Under the agreement, the company will work on delivering targets that are representative and replicative of the actual threat.

The company plans to achieve this through ‘affordable, commercially contracted, rapid-turnaround hypersonic flight testing’.

It will benefit the US Department of Defense (DoD) and its prime contractors.

Stratolaunch chief technology officer Daniel Millman said: “We’re excited to provide MDA with a threat-representative and threat-replicating target that allows them to understand how to engage and intercept hypersonic threats.”

The team at Stratolaunch is currently engaged in completing the test flights of the company’s next suite of Roc carrier aircraft.

The team is also working towards building Stratolaunch’s first two Talon-A test vehicles, namely TA-0 and TA-1.

By the end of this year, the TA-1 will begin its power-on testing, with the commencement of hypersonic flight testing expected for next year.

The TA-1 will start delivering services to commercial and government customers from 2023.

The Talon-A vehicles are launched from the company’s Roc carrier aircraft.

They feature rocket-powered, autonomous, reusable testbeds that can carry customised payloads at speeds more than Mach 5.

According to the company, this feature allows ‘routine access’ to the ‘hypersonic flight environment’ as it is crucial for scientific research, technological development, and component demonstration.

Based in the US, Stratolaunch aims to advance high-speed technology through innovative design and manufacturing of aerospace vehicles.

Related Companies

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Monday. The defence industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy


Thank you for subscribing to Airforce Technology