Check Out Birdzilla’s Awesome New Design

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.


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

  • 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 🙂

  • mzungu

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

  • Nickolai

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

  • 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!

  • Robert G. Oler

    Angle of attack and mass issues. Good solution RGO

  • ReSpaceAge

    You wrote about Lori Garver in Nasa Watch 3 years ago.
    “To her ever lasting credit, she had recognized the potential of “new space” and while she was unable to allow it to prosper, at least kept it alive ….and that alone seems to have made some trend lines if not inevitable, but at least likely. new space is new thinking in a world of “fatbergs” and she did at least help keep that going.”

    Lori Garver has succeeded!!

    Nasa has gotten on board Red Dragon.
    They will get on board SpaceX MCT and Blue Origins New Glen as well.

    Lori Garvers future is here

  • Robert G. Oler

    there is no future that is different from the past with the “NASA” large projects policy line.

    Space people scream about “leadership ” and really what they mean is “someone who supports whatever project or destination I like” as if we have not had enough of that. Kennedy got us to the Moon, Nixon got us (with Ford, Carter and Reagan) the space shuttle and Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush got us the space station

    and really nothing has gotten better. nothing will change as long as we do projects which have things and places as goals…but not capabilities.

    Garver deserves credit (and we have clashed) for seeing that what was was not working 🙂