The CXV capsule and its QuickReach II booster are shown one half second after release from the carrier aircrafts. The Trapeze-Lanyard Air Drop mechanism attached to the capsule's nose is fully extended
The CXV capsule begins a slow rotation toward vertical, proving that the Trapeze-Lanyard Air Drop method allows air-launching of rockets without the wings typically required to make the booster turn up towards orbit. A small parachute attached to the nozz
About three seconds after release, the CXV capsule and QuickReach II booster reaches the vertical position. Had this been a full-size working rocket, its first-stage engines would have begun firing at this point.
The Scaled Composites' Proteus aircraft carried 23%-scale versions of the proposed CXV capsule and its QuickReach II booster to test the new air-launch method. The Trapeze-Lanyard Air Drop holds on to the nose of the vehicle for a half-second after the ma
Time lapse photographs, taken at half-second intervals, show the release of the CXV capsule and the QuickReach II booster.