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Hypersonic Research Company Speeds Into CMTA Membership

Jul 26, 2023

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) welcomed the hypersonic flight-testing company, Stratolaunch to the organization today.

“Flying at MACH 5 sounds like something straight out of Top Gun, but it’s part of regular hypersonic testing for our new member. Stratolaunch is pushing the boundaries of high-speed solutions,” said Lance Hastings, CMTA’s CEO & President. “We look forward to working with Stratolaunch alongside our Aerospace and Defense Alliance of California (ADAC) members.   

Stratolaunch designs, manufactures, and launches aerospace vehicles to enable reusable and routine hypersonic testing. Stratolaunch’s goal is to fulfill critical national need to test and develop hypersonic technologies. Stratolaunch’s unique air-launch system uses the world’s largest aircraft as a mobile launch platform to deploy high-speed vehicles into the hypersonic environment.

“Stratolaunch is pleased to join CMTA’s conglomerate of technical experts, as we support the national imperative for hypersonic research via flight demonstrations,” said Dr. Zachary Krevor, Stratolaunch’s CEO & President. “We look forward to working directly with industry professionals to advance our hypersonic mission and the aerospace industry’s unique business requirements.”

Stratolaunch Roc N351SL Mojave Talon

Stratolaunch Roc N351SL Mojave Talon

Stratolaunch is headquartered at the epicenter for civilian aircraft testing and development at Mojave Air & Space Port at Rutan Field in Mojave, California. Stratolaunch conducts manufacturing, testing, and operations of its carrier aircraft. It also has locations in Seattle, Washington, Washington, D.C., Colorado, and Indiana.

Stratolaunch recently expanded its launch fleet by acquiring Virgin Orbit’s modified Boeing 747, which will allow the team to increase its flight test capacity and global service footprint.



About CMTA

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association has advocated for pro-growth laws and regulations before the California legislature and administrative agencies since 1918. The total output from manufacturing in California is $300 billion per year, roughly 10 percent of the total economic output of the state. Manufacturers employ 1.3 million Californians paying wages more than $25,000 higher than other non-farm employers in the state. For more information, visit CMTA’s website.

About Stratolaunch

Stratolaunch’s mission is to advance high-speed technology through innovative design, manufacturing, and operation of world-class aerospace vehicles. For the latest news and information, visit and follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.

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