Scaled Composites flew its Model 401 experimental prototype aircraft for the first time on 11 October, the company announced on the same day.
The single-seat single-engined aircraft is one of two that have been built by the Northrop Grumman-subsidiary to demonstrate advanced, low-cost manufacturing techniques and provide aircraft for research flight services.
Powered by a single Pratt & Whitney JTD-15D-5D engine, the Model 401 is capable of flying Mach 0.6, has a service ceiling of 30,000 ft, and an endurance of up to three hours. The aircraft measures 11.6 m in length and has a wingspan measuring the same. It has an empty weight of 1,814.4 kg (4,000 lb) and a maximum take-off weight of 3,628.7 kg (8,000 lb).
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