Northrop Grumman Corp.’s Scaled Composites subsidiary has unveiled and flown its latest experimental aircraft with more test flights to come, the company announced this week.
The Mojave, California-based aerospace company plans to fly its second manned “Model 401” plane — capable of reaching Mach 0.6 and a maximum altitude of 30,000 feet — in the near future, it said in a release.
What is the 401’s intended market? Nobody knows. But it’s the proof of concept — that a plane can be produced through low-cost manufacturing techniques — that makes the experiment unique.
The 401 model is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney JTD-15D-5D engine with 3,045 pounds of thrust,…