The company, created the largest aircraft for space launches, closes?

Company Stratolaunch Systems, which has created the large dvuhfyuzelyazhny the aircraft carrier in the world, may soon be closed. About it reports Reuters referring to the four anonymous sources close to the matter. At the same time the official representative of the company at the request of the most Reuters to comment on the situation said that at the moment they do not intend to make any statements and the company will continue to work.

Than the famous company Stratolaunch Systems?

Recall that Stratolaunch Systems, which appeared on the market in 2011, known to the General public not only through the name of its founder Paul Allen (also known as co-founder of Microsoft), but also the development of dvuhfyuzelyazhny aircraft Stratolaunch carrier with the largest wingspan in the world, constituting 117,3 m with both fuselage length is 72.5 meters. The weight of the car is 226,8 tons, and its maximum capacity 589,7 tons. The aircraft would be used as a flying launch system rockets and kosmoplanov. In particular, it was about the launch of Pegasus XL series, developed by Northrop Grumman. By 2019 the car a few times rolling out on the runway, and its first and only test flight took place in April.

In addition dvuhfyuzelyazhny of aircraft, the company also worked on their own vehicles to bring payloads into orbit. It was planned to create a hydrogen engine PGA, missiles MLV and MLV is Heavy and hypersonic kosmoplanov Hyper-A Hyper-Z. But after only three months since the death of Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch Systems decided to abandon these developments, shut down these projects and decided to focus exclusively on the aircraft carrier.


“Stratolaunch stops developing a family of launch vehicles and rocket engine. We will optimize and direct all forces on the project of a flying platform and its preparation for a demonstration launch of a new rocket Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL. We are proud of our achievements and look forward to the first flight, which will be held in 2019,” — said then in a statement the company.

The company that created the largest aircraft in the world, closed?

According to Reuters, the company may soon completely closed. On condition of anonymity, the sources told the Agency that Stratolaunch Systems has decided to withdraw from the competition with the traditional aerospace companies and is going to stop working. According to one source, by 1 April in the company, there were only 21 employees,in December the number was 77. Reuters also found out that in the past few months, several employees moved to work in other private aerospace agencies, including Blue Origin and Sierra Nevada Corporation.

According to another interlocutor of the Agency, a private company Vulcan, which owns the right to control the assets Paul Allen, is exploring the possible sale of assets and intellectual property Stratolaunch Systems. According to the third source, the decision to start the process of closing all of the Affairs of the company and its exit from the market was made last year sister Sex Alena Jody Allen, who is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vulcan, and a confidant of Paul Allen.

Reuters could not get official comments from the most Vulcan. The representative Stratolaunch Systems, in turn, said that the company “currently there is no news or announcements”, adding that the company will continue to work. The news Agency also notes that the representative of Northrop Grumman, a subsidiary of the company which has a contract with Stratolaunch Systems on a rocket launch Pegasus, refused to discuss this topic.