HiDRON Glider Sets New High In Stratospheric Flight
HiDRON: Stratodynamics Aviation/UAVOS
An unmanned glider has been launched from a stratospheric balloon at 111,434 ft. altitude on a scientific flight to test an airglow monitor (AMON).
The Sept. 1 night flight by the HiDRON glider, developed by Stratodynamics Aviation and UAVOS, beat its previous highest release altitude of 98,450 ft., achieved on Aug. 2 on the first of two AMON test flights.
“Initially, we though a multiyear [contract] would be the right way to go and I still think we can get more savings if we can guarantee the funding for that five-year period, but we think it might be too tough to sell on the Hill,” Merchant said.
First Production Standard Virgin Spaceship Comes Together
As Virgin Galactic continues to transition flight testing to its New Mexico operations site, the company’s sister production unit, The Spaceship Company, has announced completion of fuselage and wing mating for the spaceline’s second suborbital vehicle at its Mojave site in California.