This past weekend marked another milestone in the Stratolaunch aircraft’s journey to flight with the eastern Kern County company's first low-speed taxi test. For the first time, the aircraft traveled down the runway under its own power, utilizing all six Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines.
According to Stratolaunch, the primary purpose of the test was to assess the aircraft’s ability to steer and stop. The ground team monitored a number of systems, including steering, braking, anti-skid and telemetry. All systems operated as anticipated, company officials said.