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    Now if it only had a rocket that needs it....
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    let's one-up the "solution looking for a problem" game here: perhaps Starship can launch the Flying Launchpad into space?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I'm dying to see what the flight deck looks like on that. Particularly the throttle levers to see how they're doing six, because I worked on the four for the 747 for many years.
    Boeing had done aircraft with six (B-47) and eight (B-52), so there are sources of inspiration.

    One wonders about the certification aspects. One can foresee it being limited to operation from exactly one field.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swampyankee View Post
    Boeing had done aircraft with six (B-47) and eight (B-52), so there are sources of inspiration.

    One wonders about the certification aspects. One can foresee it being limited to operation from exactly one field.
    It's apt to be listed as "Experimental" for its entire lifetime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    It's apt to be listed as "Experimental" for its entire lifetime.
    Neglecting its size, which will limit the airports it can use, it may then be unable to operate outside the continental US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swampyankee View Post
    Neglecting its size, which will limit the airports it can use, it may then be unable to operate outside the continental US.
    I'd guess that'll be the case, yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swampyankee View Post
    Neglecting its size, which will limit the airports it can use, it may then be unable to operate outside the continental US.
    Considering that it doesn't really have a mission anymore with the all the Stratolauncher rockets canceled and no new Pegasus XL orders (only one old order for a Pegasus XL launch on the 747 carrier) it will most probably be a entirely theoretical problem.

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    More serious than my previous proposal: could it be realistically modified to carry very large cargo like, for example, Starship/BFR hull sections? Those are a bit of a handful to move over the road and SpaceX might not want to build everything locally in the future. My doubts are with the design: it's meant to carry limited diameter payloads underneath the center wing, while large diameter components such as ferried with the An-225 and the modified 747 Orbiter transporter were carried on top. The stability calculations might not be happy with that difference...
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    https://arstechnica.com/science/2019...ven-fly-again/

    And ICON still hasn't launched. There have now been 37 Falcon 9 launches in the time it's been delayed.

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    So after the Spruce Goose we now have what, the Fiber Woodpecker? The Composite Tit? The Twin Penguin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    So after the Spruce Goose we now have what, the Fiber Woodpecker? The Composite Tit? The Twin Penguin?
    The Grounded Eagle.
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    The man put his name on everything (the now-abandoned PGA engine, for example) and was apparently the only reason for this thing's existence, so...Allen's Auk?

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    They at least need to fly it up north and put it on display in Paul Allen's hometown, or at least the area. Maybe outside his Flying Heritage museum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    They at least need to fly it up north and put it on display in Paul Allen's hometown, or at least the area. Maybe outside his Flying Heritage museum.
    He has a flying museum?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    He has a flying museum?
    Hang a big box under the Stratolaunch aircraft and have a real flying museum and movie theatre, like the Tuplev ANT-20 http://aviastar.org/air/russia/ant-20.php
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    Quote Originally Posted by swampyankee View Post
    Hang a big box under the Stratolaunch aircraft and have a real flying museum and movie theatre, like the Tuplev ANT-20 http://aviastar.org/air/russia/ant-20.php
    The Stratolauch is currently a non-flying museum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    He has a flying museum?
    Well, not any more, what with being dead and all. But the museum is still going. Its claim to fame is the the exhibits are maintained in flyable condition, and are periodically flown.

    Confession is good for the soul time: I lived just a few miles from it for years, worked basically across the street, and have never been there.
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    https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2019/06/14/...0-million.html

    Branson pitched Vulcan that he would buy Stratolaunch, the person said, for $1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Well, not any more, what with being dead and all.
    Washington has a big building, and he's been dead quite a while!
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    She rises...

    MOJAVE, Calif. (Stratolaunch PR) — Stratolaunch LLC has transitioned ownership and is continuing regular operations. Our near-term launch vehicle development strategy focuses on providing customizable, reusable, and affordable rocket-powered testbed vehicles and associated flight services.

    As we continue on our mission, Stratolaunch will bring the carrier aircraft test and operations program fully in-house. We thank Vulcan Inc and Scaled Composites for turning an ambitious idea into a flight-proven aircraft.

    For more information, please visit www.stratolaunch.com/news-and-features. Please also follow @Stratolaunch on Twitter for the latest updates.

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    Transitioned ownership to wom, pray tell?
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    That is the question.

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