Engine testing is a key milestone for any program, but for Stratolaunch Systems, the space launch carrier aircraft company backed by billionaire venture capitalist Paul Allen, the recently completed event is particularly significant. When the project was begun in 2011, flight tests were scheduled to start in 2015. However, development has taken significantly longer than expected and, depending on the progress of ground tests, flight testing may not begin until early 2018. Engine runs ...

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