Check Out Birdzilla’s Awesome New Design

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The new design of Stratolaunch's carrier aircraft. (Credit: Stratolaunch Systems)

The new design of Stratolaunch’s carrier aircraft. (Credit: Stratolaunch Systems)

Stratolaunch Systems has tweaked the design of its carrier aircraft to look less like a 747 and more like…something else entirely. The nose and cockpit resemble the Concorde — but that’s where the comparisons end. The old design is below.

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A shout out to Dan Leone at Space News for spotting the change.

5 Responses to “Check Out Birdzilla’s Awesome New Design”


  1. 1 Nickolai

    Wow. And umm, yea, seems like a big design change. Are still planning to modify a 747 into this? Seems like a lot of work.

    Totally looks more like “Birdzilla” now tho :)

  2. 2 mzungu

    So, if Orbital feels that this company is eating into it’s market share or profit, they can shut this company out completely.?

  3. 3 Nickolai

    I’m not sure what you’re asking, Orbital is a partner in this venture. They replaced SpaceX as the launch vehicle provider.

  4. 4 Dave Erskine

    The new design, and not a rebuild of a 747, works with improved aerodynamics.
    An even more “Rutan-esque” form… the extended and narrower fuselage is all
    thats needed for crew use. We see details of the wing, tips and mounting rethink.
    Clever…. I want a ride!

  5. 5 Robert G. Oler

    Angle of attack and mass issues. Good solution RGO

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