Check Out This Cool Video of The First Ever TA-1 Hypersonic Test Flight Launch! | Aviation

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A screen shot capture of the moment of separation of the TA-1 Talon-A hypersonic test vehicle on its first flight, March 9, 2024. (Photo: Stratolaunch via YouTube)

Amazing Scenes of Gigantic Stratolaunch Dropping Talon-A TA-1 Remind of X-15 History

In a stunning demonstration of private industry aerospace accomplishment, Stratolaunch, LLC completed the first successful test launch of the hypersonic TA-1 Talon-A test vehicle.

The company released an exciting highlight video on March 26, 2024, from the successful flight test on March 9. The Stratolaunch/Talon-A test flight took place within days of another significant experimental commercial aviation milestone, when the Boom XB-1 supersonic testbed aircraft made its first flight from the Mojave Air & Space Port in California. The two significant test flights harken back to the days of military experimental flight testing at nearby Edwards AFB, where programs like the X-15 and XB-70 Valkyrie redefined the limits aviation.

The massive, six-engine Roc jet launch aircraft took off from the remote airport in the desert town of Mojave, California at 10:17 am on Saturday, March 9, 2024. The launch aircraft was carrying the TA-1 Talon unmanned hypersonic test aircraft on its specially built centerline payload station. At an undisclosed position over the Pacific, the TA-1 was launched.

The video shows the hypersonic test vehicle arcing away from the Roc launch aircraft and climbing in a flight profile reminiscent of the X-15 test program in the 1960s.

Senior vice president of engineering and operations for Stratolaunch, Aaron Cassebeer, said after the flight test, “Overall, we are incredibly pleased with how the TA-1 performed today. As it stands right now, we are well positioned to continue our planned test series.”

While Cassebeer’s remarks and the video confirm a successful test, little about the specifics of the first test flight were revealed.

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