Video of Stratolaunch Taxi Tests in Mojave

Video Caption: The aircraft development team performed regression testing at the Mojave Air & Space Port on February 24-25, 2018. Ground speeds ranged from 10-40 knots during the test series.

  • ThomasLMatula

    I guess if you have enough money to pour in even the craziest idea could be made to work 🙂

  • Dave Erskine

    Progression by Regression? I take latter is a word used in aircraft operations/test circles to mean “softly, softly, catchy Monkey”. Getting to the goal with full buckets….no spilling. Well, it works to keep my attention…over 6 years.

  • Bulldog

    Wow! That is impressive. Just seeing it move is awe inspiring. I definitely look forward to seeing it fly. It is our ages version of the Hughes H-4 Hercules.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Let’s hope she finds work to give her some life.

  • Ignacio Rockwill

    I see people in comments calling this Roc? Is that it’s formal name? Is it short for something?

  • MzUnGu

    The Graphite Goose.

  • Douglas Messier

    I’d feel more excited about this if I thought it was going to fly anytime soon (I’ve heard next year) and if it had something to launch other than the Pegasus XL. Stargazer is right down the flight line from the Stratolaunch hangar.

    Yes, you could potentially launch three Pegasus on a single flight. Whether that is a cost-effective and competitive way to launch satellites remains to be seen. It’s not clear how that would compare with the smallsat boosters now being developed.

    They are working on trying to develop a new rocket. It would be great to see one developed that would justify building an aircraft of this size and would also be competitive in the market. I’m hoping they do that.

  • Michael Halpern

    The one hey are working on is most likely liquid, if I were to guess maybe f9 v1.0 size, like they originally designed for…

  • Paul451

    Roc is a nickname supposedly used by Stratolaunch for the carrier. It’s a reference to the mythical giant bird from One Thousand and One Nights. It’s official name is M351.

  • Michael Halpern

    I hope the rocket they are working on to replace Pegasus is partially reusable but that may be even more difficult

  • Jeff2Space

    Agreed. Unfortunately, they’ve only built one aircraft, so it is its own single point of failure. So, it’s going to be hard to be responsive on launch when your one and only aircraft is in the hangar undergoing maintenance and/or repairs.

  • windbourne

    I do not trust my memory, but I thought it was an F5 that they were going to launch.

  • Michael Halpern

    That got cancelled niw it’s OATK’s Pegasus XL, they called the Falcon they were going to launch F9 Air