Hangar door protects world’s largest aircraft


When the world’s largest aircraft needed protection from the harsh conditions of the Mojave Desert, a hangar door from ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems was selected to do the job.

The world's largest aircraft, SpaceShipOne, has a wingspan of 380' (116m) and thrust provided by six 747 air-craft engines. It is housed at Stratolaunch Systems in Mojave California. In order to protect the aircraft from the environment with its fine dust and sand which could affect sensitive aviation electronics, engines and other aircraft components, the customer chose a hangar door solution from ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems.

A more efficient option

Unique perimeter seals and low air infiltration values make our Megadoor hangar door a more effective and more suited to the job than a traditional sliding hangar door. Furthermore, it does not require a bottom rail system which would collect sand and dust and require regular cleaning.

Better ventilation

The doors have to be closed during normal operation for privacy, access and control of the environment. The facility uses a combination of exhaust fans and evaporator coolers to increase worker comfort and indoor climate in the hot desert summers.

Four massive exhaust fans were incorporated into the hangar door system to provide ground level air movement, to complement the fans on the top of the hangar on the opposite wall.

Increased day-light

The door system increases the day-light in the hangar by using a translucent fabric. The soft, diffused light creates a better work environment for the technicians and reduces lighting costs.

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