This article implies that the Stratolaunch has two flight decks. How are the dual flight decks arranged on the Stratolaunch aircraft?

  • I'm curious if things are fly by wire or if there are separate controls?
  • Are the flight decks both fully operational and mirror images of each other?
  • If there are duplicate switches and controls, how do the counterparts reflect changes initiated from the cross side?
  • $\begingroup$ I'm pretty sure the flight deck is only in one of the two fuselages I am trying to find some info to confirm before posting an answer. $\endgroup$
    – Dave
    Apr 19, 2018 at 17:40

2 Answers 2


On Stratolaunch Systems, there will only be one cockpit as mentioned here:

The pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer will be in the right fuselage cockpit, while the left fuselage one is empty and unpressurized.

News can be misleading. This article's title says that each fuselage has its own cockpit but later, it clarifies:

The left-hand fuselage has what looks like a cockpit with windows to onlookers, but the section is in fact empty and unpressurised.

It does look like there both fuselages have cockpits.

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  • $\begingroup$ That was the exact article that spawned the question. And I obviously was too lazy to finish reading it. ;) Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – ryan1618
    Apr 20, 2018 at 18:57

In stratolaunch, the only the right fuselage houses the flight crew i.e. the cockpit. From stratolaunch.com:

The right fuselage houses the flight crew and the left fuselage contains flight data systems.


Stratolaunch, image from bubblemania.fr; original appears to be from stratolaunch.com


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