***NOTICE and DISCLOSURE: The top lead photograph was sourced from Stratolauncher and FLYING Magazine: https://flyingmag.sfo3.digitaloceanspaces.com/flyingma/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/16191942/strato6.jpg
The above photograph was sourced from Stratolauncher and FLYING Magazine: https://flyingmag.sfo3.digitaloceanspaces.com/flyingma/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/17114128/flight-deck-banking-copy.jpg
Stratolauncher was conceived and founded by billionaire and Microsoft Co-Founder Paul G. Allen. Notably, Mr. Allen was the owner of both the National Basketball Association (N.B.A.) Portland Trailblazers and the National Football League (N.F.L.) Seattle Seahawks. Mr. Allen succumbed to a lifelong war with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer at the age of sixty-five (65). Mr. Allen’s sister Jody Allen has been bequeathed control of Stratolauncher, the Portland Trailblazers, the Seattle Seahawks, and all viable residual businesses previously under Mr. Allen’s jurisdictional control.
The Stratolauncher “Roc“ is uniquely, and one of a kind, powered by six (6) Boeing 747 engines and has two cockpits. The purpose of the aircraft is to launch “Piggy Backing“ and “hauled“ vehicles from the inner section of the aircraft for airborne release and immediate hypersonic flight. The usage of the “Roc” aircraft is termed/identified as the “carrier” vehicle in the system. “The Stratolaunch Talon–A is a flexible, high-speed testbed built for hypersonic research, experiments, and enabling operational missions.”
“The test flight—the third in the plane’s history—was wheels up at 8:47 a.m. PT on the 12,500-foot Runway 30 at California’s Mojave Air & Space Port (KMHV). On the flight deck in the right fuselage: pilots Evan Thomas and Mark Giddings, as well as flight engineer Jake Riley,” according to Patterson (2022).
A Video Of The Entire Flight: