Stratolaunch is an air-launch platform that will provide flexible, convenient and routine access to low Earth orbit (LEO). Vulcan Aerospace, a division of Vulcan Inc., is responsible for executing on Paul G. Allen’s vision for expanded access to space. You can learn about Paul’s vison for space here

The Stratolaunch air-launch platform is designed to transport satellite payloads to orbit.  In 2011, Paul G. Allen initiated the development of this new system to challenge the current model of orbital launch and to offer more flexible and cost effective access to space. Stratolaunch is an innovative approach to providing convenient and affordable space access for a wide range of missions and payloads.

The Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft is constructed using state-of-the-art composite materials in order to be light, strong, and fuel efficient. Once complete, Stratolaunch will have the largest wing span of any airplane ever built and will be the world's largest composite aircraft.

Stratolaunch’s mobile launch range offers many potential benefits over fixed ground launch, including: improved responsiveness, flexibility to avoid inclement weather, enhanced ability to avoid overflight of populated areas, and streamlined infrastructure to support efficient launch operations.

Scaled Composites is leading the construction of Stratolaunch at Mojave Air & Space Port.
Dual Fuselages

The right fuselage houses the flight crew and the left fuselage contains flight data systems.
Center Wing

The reinforced center wing provides lift, stability, and an attachment point for payloads over 500,000 lbs.

The Carrier Aircraft’s six 747 engines provide a reliable and reusable platform capable of frequent flights and aircraft-like operations.

The Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft has the largest wingspan of any plane ever assembled; its 385-foot wingspan is larger than an American football field.
Paul G. Allen and Vulcan played a key role in forging the new commercial space transportation industry with the investment in SpaceShipOne.  The project is considered one of the greatest breakthroughs in the space industry; winning the Ansari X-Prize in 2004. Today, SpaceShipOne is displayed in the Milestones of Flight in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, next to the Wright Flyer, the Spirit of St Louis and the Bell X-1.  The success of SpaceShipOne was followed by the emergence of entrepreneurial and private space companies that are now considered serious system providers within the industry.
The back-to-back suborbital flights of SpaceShipOne not only demonstrated that spaceflight can be achieved by private entities, but that it can be done differently.
The world continues to witness SpaceShipOne’s impact on commercial spaceflight, and Vulcan Aerospace remains committed to leading the movement into NextSpace.

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Vulcan Inc. is a nimble private company based in Seattle, Washington, working to solve some of the biggest global issues. The projects and investments it pursues are inspired by the ideas of our founder Paul G. Allen and tethered to a simple principle; Using data to inform its efforts and seek out opportunities that can make a positive impact—and share what is learned.

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