The contract award covers five flights involving Stratolaunch’s reusable, autonomous Talon-A hypersonic vehicles and optional payloads, prime contractor Leidos said Tuesday.
The MACH-TB program is focused on using robust, agile and modular approaches in testing hypersonic flights.
Leidos, alongside its partners, aims to achieve cost-effective testing by using commercial launch vehicles. Under the subcontract, Stratolaunch’s Talon-A will serve as a high-cadence, high-speed testbed for the program’s advancement.
The data collected during the tests will help the Defense Department improve and validate capabilities.