STRATOLAUNCH COMPLETES FIRST LOW-SPEED TAXI TEST STRATOLAUNCH飞机完成首次低速滑行测试
Late December marked another major milestone in the Stratolaunch aircraft’s journey to flight with its 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.
The primary purpose of this activity was to test the aircraft’s ability to steer and stop. Its ground team monitored a number of systems, including steering, braking, anti-skid and telemetry. All objectives of this test were achieved – culminating to the aircraft traveling down the runway at 25 knots (28 miles per hour). 12月底， Stratolaunch飞机进行了首次低速滑行测试，标志着又一重大里程碑事件。该飞机启动全部6台普惠涡扇发动机，首次依靠其自身动力在跑道上滑行。