Through Stratolaunch, Paul G. Allen is working to expand access to space and ultimately improve the way we live and work.
Inspired by original space heroes like John Glenn and Alan Shepard, Paul G. Allen grew up hoping to one day be an astronaut himself. That early fascination with the new frontier inspired Paul’s significant investments in space flight later in life.
Allen and Vulcan played a key role in forging the new commercial space transportation industry with the investment in SpaceShipOne. The project is considered one of the greatest breakthroughs in the space industry, winning the Ansari X-Prize in 2004. Today, SpaceShipOne is displayed in the Milestones of Flight in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, next to the Wright Flyer, the Spirit of St Louis and the Bell X-1. The success of SpaceShipOne was followed by the emergence of entrepreneurial and private space companies that are now providers within the industry.
But today, low Earth orbit remains a domain of the few, and the barrier to entry is too high.
Stratolaunch is developing an air-launch platform to make access to space more convenient, reliable, and routine. It is the world’s largest aircraft by wingspan and is the largest all-composite plane ever built.
Paul G. Allen and Vulcan Capital are investing in companies that are developing new ideas for spaceflight.
SpaceShipOne began as a conversation between two pioneers in their respective fields: Burt Rutan, the renowned aerospace engineer, and Paul Allen.
Stratolaunch ranked as one of the “Most Innovative Companies” in the Space sector by Fast Company.
The latest entrant into the new space race has a wingspan longer than the distance traveled by the Wright Brothers in their earliest flights.