LOS ANGELES — Stratolaunch Systems, the secretive Paul Allen-backed developer of a responsive commercial space launch system now called Stratolaunch Eagles, has revealed design changes to the intermediate class launch vehicle that is scheduled for initial flights in 2018. The changes primarily reflect the increasing role played by Orbital Sciences, which is responsible for the vehicle and mission design, system integration and ground segment. Dubbed the Thunderbolt, the vehicle now ...


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