Stratolaunch is axing several projects in an effort to scale back its operations a few months after founder Paul Allen, who’s more recognized for being Microsoft’s co-founder, passed away. According to GeekWire, the company will continue developing the world’s largest aircraft, which is its main project in the first place. However, it will no longer push through with its plans to create a new type of rocket engine and a family of launch vehicles that include a space plane.
Those launch vehicles are still in their “design study” phase, and the first one was supposed to debut in 2022. The company already tested a core component of its hydrogen-and-oxygen-fuelled rocket engine named after its founder — it’s called PGA for Paul G. Allen — but it looks like the project won’t be completed anymore.
A spokesperson said in a statement sent to the publication: