[Via Satellite 09-22-2015] Jean Floyd, former VP and general manager for Orbital ATK’s civil and defense division, has succeeded Gary Wentz as CEO of Stratolaunch Systems. Floyd has more than 30 years of industry experience; he served in the United States Air Force and worked as program manager for Orbital’s Pegasus launch system. In his new role, Floyd will guild the testing and evaluation phase of the Stratolaunch carrier aircraft.
Using a large carrier aircraft acting as a mobile launch range, Stratolaunch will demonstrate an air launch system capable of transporting payloads to Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Intended to decouple launch service from dependence on traditional ground launch ranges, the first flight is currently scheduled for 2016.