WaveL - banner

Stratolaunch debuts Talon-A separation test vehicle

Stratolaunch’s Talon-A separation test vehicle, TA-0, mated to Roc carrier aircraft for the first time. Credit: Domenic Moon / Startolaunch

Edinburgh / Mojave, 1 June 2022. – Stratolaunch debuted its structurally complete Talon-A test vehicle, TA-0, that will validate the Roc aircraft’s release system and characterize the separation dynamics of the Talon vehicle, the company said.

The pylon, comprising a mini-wing and adapter, will be used to carry and release the Talon-A hypersonic vehicles. It weighs over 3,600 kg and occupies 4 m of Roc’s 29-meter wingspan, allowing for safe vehicle release and launch. The structure’s winch system will load Talon-A vehicles onto the platform reducing the need for ground support.

TA-0 will not be powered in flight, however, its future versions will be rocket-powered, autonomous and reusable. They will be capable of carrying customizable payloads at speeds above Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound). TA-0 will undergo functional and integration testing, ending with a captive carry and vehicle flight, the company said. After the successful separation testing, the company will proceed to fly its first hypersonic test vehicle, TA-1. 

The first fully reusable hypersonic test vehicle, TA-2 is already under assembly. The Talon-A vehicles will enable testing in hypersonic flight environment, useful for scientific research, technological development, and component demonstration.

Check Also


EU SST Wins T.S. Kelso Award for Flight Safety Contributions

Space Data Association has announced The European Union Space Surveillance and Tracking Partnership (EU SST) as the recipient of the T.S. Kelso Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to space flight safety. The EU SST Partnership relies on the SSA capabilities of 15 Member states of the European Union to provide space safety services, with the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) acting as the Front Desk.