STRATOLAUNCH SYSTEMS CLOSES ON PURCHASE OF THE SECOND BOEING 747-400
HUNTSVILLE, AL, March 28, 2012 – Today Stratolaunch Systems closed on the purchase of the second Boeing 747-400 aircraft from United Airlines that will be disassembled to become part of the Scaled Composites’ carrier aircraft. Tail number N198UA made its final journey to Mojave on March 15, 2012. The team conducted the final receiving inspection of the aircraft and the closing with United. “Today we have met another major milestone leading to the development of the carrier aircraft. We now have in our possession the majority of the major components that we will integrate into the custom built airframe, ” said Gary Wentz, CEO and President of Stratolaunch. The team will start the salvage of the two aircraft in the upcoming month to enable the design engineers to gain knowledge and familiarity with the capabilities of the critical components.
STRATOLAUNCH SYSTEMS CLOSES ON PURCHASE OF THE FIRST OF TWO BOEING 747-400 AIRCRAFT
HUNTSVILLE, AL, February 15, 2012 – Today Stratolaunch systems closed on purchase of the first of two Boeing 747-400 aircraft that are being purchased from United Airlines. Stratolaunch contractor Scaled Composites of Mojave California with support from their subcontractor BAE Systems has developed a complete plan for how the engines, landing gear, hydraulics and other subsystem components of these aircraft will be disassembled and reintegrated into a custom composite aircraft to be built by Scaled Composites in Stratolaunch’s new integration facility being built at the Mojave Air and Space Port. Tail number N196UA made its final journey on its way to becoming part of a revolutionary new aircraft last Friday and after final receiving inspection we have accepted the aircraft from United. “The arrival of the first 747 aircraft in Mojave is extremely exciting for our team. This demonstrates Mr. Allen’s commitment to press forward with establishing a space transportation system that will change the way we currently perform space launch,” said Gary Wentz, CEO and President of Stratolaunch. A second aircraft will arrive in Mojave in late February to provide most of the remaining 747-400 components needed to assemble Stratolaunch’s new mother ship.
STRATOLAUNCH SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES GROUND BREAKING AT MOJAVE
HUNTSVILLE, AL, January 20, 2012 – Stratolaunch Systems announced today the ground breaking on a production facility and hangar at the Mojave Air and Space Port. Stratolaunch Systems, founded by Paul G. Allen, is a private aerospace development company that will construct a one-of-a-kind composite aircraft for launching medium class payloads to space. The construction of these facilities will be performed by the Bakersfield-based Wallace and Smith General Contractors. The fabrication facility, an 88,000 square foot building, will be used to manufacture the carrier aircraft wing assemblies and associated parts for the new aircraft. The fabrication facility is projected to be completed in late 2012. The aircraft hangar, a 92,640 square foot building, will serve as the aircraft assembly and test facility and will encompass 20,250 square foot of office space. The hangar facility has a projected completion of mid 2013. Gary Wentz, CEO and President of Stratolaunch Systems was quoted: “Today marks the start of an exciting journey for us. Over the next year, we will have a visible presence in the Antelope Valley with two new facilities and a pair of 747-400 aircraft which will undergo salvage to supply parts and subsystems for integration into our carrier aircraft. We look forward to many years of great work in Mojave.”