Talon-A in flight


A Versatile Hypersonic Testbed

Meet the Talon-A, a Mach 6-class vehicle designed to make hypersonic testing more routine.

A Fully Reusable Hypersonic Vehicle.

The Stratolaunch Talon-A is a flexible, high-speed testbed built for hypersonic research, experiments, and enabling operational missions.

Talon-A in flight

01 — Analytics

Data Services

The Talon-A vehicle provides routine access to high-Mach number, hypersonic flight where data may be collected in the true flight environment. The vehicle is highly instrumented to obtain fundamental aerothermal and performance data, which may provide unique data sets for comparison and calibration of numerical prediction tools. The Talon-A provides here-to-fore unobtainable measurement access to the hypersonic flight environment on a recurring basis.

Talon-A in flight

02 — Flexible

Instrumentation and Experiments Flight Opportunity

The Talon-A is highly instrumented to collect vehicle and payload experiment data during flight. Data is collected and recorded on board the vehicle and may be telemetered to ground stations. Both proprietary and classified payloads may be flown with secure data collection and telemetry. Since the Talon-A is a reusable vehicle, the experiments, payloads, and instrumentation are recovered for inspection and re-use.

Talon-A in flight

03 — Reusable

Multi-Flight Operations

The large payload capability of the Stratolaunch carrier aircraft enables the captive-carry and air-launch of multiple Talon-A vehicles in a single flight. Up to three Talon-A vehicles may be carried underneath the carrier aircraft center wing with the current pylon design. This unique capability enables multiple hypersonic flight opportunities on a single day or the near-simultaneous launch of three Talon vehicles, which may support specific operational scenarios.

Autonomous Hypersonic Testing.

Our innovative Mach 6-class vehicle offers a reliable testing environment, enabling the development of hypersonic systems.

Model of Talon-A from the side

Built for Speed

The Talon-A features a length of 28 feet (8.5 m), a wingspan of 11.3 feet (3.4 m), and a launch weight of approximately 6,000 pounds (2,722 Kg). It will conduct long duration flight at high Mach, and glide back for an autonomous, horizontal landing on a conventional runway.

Reliable by Design

Iterative flight test exposure reduces customer development schedule, cost and technology risk:
  • Recover Valuable Payloads and Experiments
  • Rapid Mission Turnaround for Fast Multi-Flight Opportunity
  • Cost-Effective Access to the Hypersonic Flight Environment

Flexibility Inside and Out

The Talon-A has the ability to customize instrument locations throughout the vehicle:

  • Customizable payload volumes
  • Internal and external experiments
  • Sensors, optical windows, instrumentation, materials, hypersonic data
Talon-A in flight

Our hypersonic testbeds will serve as a catalyst in sparking a renaissance in hypersonic technologies for our government, the commercial sector, and academia.

Dr. Zachary Krevor


Air-launched Hypersonic Testing.

Our Carrier Aircraft can launch up to three Talon-A testbeds in a single mission, making high-speed testing more reliable and routine.

Carrier on runway

About the Carrier Aircraft

Our Stratolaunch plane is the largest in the world. But it takes off and lands from a runway just like any other aircraft. Once it reaches a cruising altitude of 35,000 ft (10,668 m), one or more launch vehicles are released, allowing for rapid constellation deployment to different inclinations. As the launch vehicles complete their assignments, the Stratolaunch plane heads back to the runway to reload for its next mission.

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