Stratolaunch, LLC, under partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton, has signed a research contract with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to examine and assess the feasibility of hypersonic flight tests of a wide range of Air Force experiments and payloads on a frequent and routine basis.
Stratolaunch supports national security objectives for hypersonic offensive and defensive weapons development through the design, manufacture, and operation of a fleet of reusable hypersonic aerospace vehicles air-launched from its globally deployable carrier aircraft, Roc.
The company plans to augment existing Department of Defense (DoD) flight test resources through affordable, commercially contracted, rapid-turnaround hypersonic flight testing for the DoD and its prime contractor partners.
“Our goal is to provide affordable and routine access to the hypersonic flight environment,” said Dr. Daniel Millman, Chief Technology Officer for Stratolaunch. “We look forward to sharing lessons learned from this collaboration with AFRL, yielding powerful and practical research results benefiting the nation.”