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“It was basically like an air-launched Falcon 1; a small payload, 7 million dollar rocket.”
“They include land and air-launched missiles with a range of less than 500 kilometers - so called “battlefield weapons.””
“While scientists have long studied the principles of air-launched rockets—Mr. Rutan recalls beginning preliminary work on such a project as long ago as 1991—Stratolaunch Systems Inc., as the new venture is called, still hasn't firmed up critical design details.”
“Unlike conventional rockets that blast off from a pad, air-launched systems similar to the one Mr. Allen wants to put together are designed to deliver a broad range of satellites to space without the constraints of weather or optimal times and locations to try to reach specific orbits.”
“Despite pledging over $100 billion to maintain and modernize nuclear delivery systems, the plan makes a commitment only to a next-generation submarine not to a next-generation bomber, ballistic missile, or air-launched cruise missile.”
“Today, even if you throw in all of Russia's 540 long-range missiles, and its possible 856 air-launched cruise missiles (all limited by the new treaty), Russia still does not have more than 1700 offensive missiles in its entire inventory.”
“A separate "tactical directive," he said, was designed to govern the use of air-launched weapons "because, of course, if you drop a bomb on a house, if you're not sure who's in it, you can kill a lot of innocent civilians in a hurry.”
“In preparation for a suborbital jaunt aboard an air-launched rocketship, passengers this month are to report to a private training institute in Pennsylvania known as the National Aerospace Training and Research Center, or NASTAR.”
“Bombs and air-launched missiles, guided by laser bemas, infrared images and television pictures, slammed into target after target, erasing memories of embarrassing misses in earlier attacks on Libya and Panama.”
“One is a vehicle about the size of a corporate jet that would be air-launched from a carrier aircraft similar to a 747, More than 30 years ago the air force regularly flew the air-launched X-15 to the boundary of orbit, at a negligible cost per mission.”
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