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Stratolaunch Systems

First, a little history: Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen funded the SpaceShipOne XPrize winner in 2004, designed by Burt Rutan and built by his company Scaled Composites. SpaceShipOne is a supersonic airplane with a rocket engine which went up over 100 km in elevation to the edge of space, a practically straight up and down "suborbital" flight. Subsequently, Scaled Composites entered a joint venture with Sir Richard Branson, called The Spaceship Company (TSC) to pursue an ambition to provide similar suborbital flights to space tourists. Orbital flights are not on the horizon. So, this website will not cover TSC or Virgin Galactic or those efforts.

Paul Allen and Burt Rutan have moved on to ambitions of providing space tourists a ride to orbital space, by attaching a rocket to another design of aircraft, whereby the rocket would detach at very high elevation and continue on to orbit, whereas the aircraft would return to Earth. Essentially, the aircraft is a reusable first stage. (The attached rocket is currently planed to be a separate 2 stages.)

To create this vehicle and provide the service, they have created the company Stratolaunch Systems. Their goal is to have the carrier aircraft testing by 2015 and the launch vehicle in a subsequent year.

Stratolaunch Services is currently planning to attach a rocket built by SpaceX and which is a derivative of the Falcon 9.

Launch of a rocket by aircraft has been done before by the Pegasus program for launch of small satellites.

This is the first design for air launching humans into orbit.

There are several advantages of air launch:

  • Launch from anywhere on Earth which is within range of the aircraft, such as equitorial launch from a US airport, or from anywhere with a suitable runway, which gives more flexibility in destination orbit

  • Smaller rocket required with an air breathing aircraft (no launched oxidizer in this first stage), since there is no longer a tremendous amount of thrust needed to lift the rocket off the ground vertically

  • Reduced cost of ground operations, by using a runway instead of a launch pad

  • Flexibility in launch location considering downrange safety regulations as well as uncontrollable weather which can be flown around

There are claims that launching a rocket from a supersonic aircraft can reduce launch costs by a factor of about 10.

This seems a longshot compared to alternative human launch scenarios, but worth keeping track of over the years. > Transportation > Earth Launchers > Stratolaunch


PERMANENT needs a PHP / MySQL (actually, MariaDB) programmer. Are you a PHP / MySQL programmer interested in getting into space development as a career, or already working in space development? Or do you know somebody else who might be interested?

There is an ongoing process to update this website in 2019 with a target relaunch in 2020.
This website is actually very out of date. Much of the website text content was written in the 1980s to early 2000s, but that's a different matter. As regards PHP / MySQL, some offline databases go into the 2010s, as regards professional publications, engineers, companies, etc., and this is what we need programming help with. We are updating our databases on people, organizations, publications, and other things, for open source space development for all.

The current status is we have some working databases which we have been using internally for a long time for organizing professional publications, and to track people (authors, R&D people, other professionals, quality volunteers, journalists, etc.) and organizations. We want to put information online for the general public pending a security review of the programming code.

Step 1 is fixing some bugs in what we already have, the PHP code. It is functional, and been used a long time, but there are some bugs.
Step 2 will be improving the system. Some small improvements would help its usability.
Step 3 will be a security check for putting it online for the general public to be able to access and use, but with reasonable protection against hackers.
After Step 3, the main mission is accomplished, as regards PHP / MySQL, though of course we hope to keep people engaged and happy, and the sky's not the limit.

This is a volunteer, unpaid role at this point in time. A limited paid role would be considered on a tight budget, such as for at least bug fixing with some minor improvements, and/or a security review of our code before it goes online publicly. If you or one of your friends or associates may be interested, please send an email to spaceprogrammer at ... of course this domain.

Reasons to do something yourself:

  • It will help save life on our special planet -- be part of the solution in your generation.
  • It will create and secure a better future for your children and grandchildren.
  • It could be an interesting, cool, and a fun adventure for your life!

You can join us and volunteer to help out,

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