World’s largest plane made to launch rockets into space completes first ever test flight

A glimpse of the future was seen on April 13 when the world’s largest plane flew for the first time.

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It is a gigantic, six-engined mega jet with a wingspan greater than the length of an American football field.

It is called the Stratolaunch.

In a report, the Stratolaunch aircraft is described as a giant flying launch pad built for years in the desert north of Los Angeles.

According to Stratolaunch Systems CEO Jean Floyd, the world has seen a glimpse of the future when the aircraft had its first test flight because of the fact that it would not be used as a regular aircraft that fly people from one place to another.

Instead, it is designed to carry a rocket, which is loaded with a satellite, into the space.

It will take off from the Mojave Desert carrying the rocket loaded with a satellite and climb to an altitude of 35,000 feet, where pilots will launch the rocket from the plane towards space. The aircraft will then fly back to Mojave.

Floyd said the flight “furthers our mission to provide a flexible alternative to ground launched systems.”

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Once certified, Stratolaunch will enable an airline-style access to space that is “convenient, affordable and routine.” It will offer the military, even the NASA and private companies to get into space.

Getting satellites into space, according to the company, will be “as easy as booking an airline flight.”

The aircraft’s reinforced center wing can support multiple launch vehicles, weighing up to a total of 500,000 pounds, Stratolaunch Systems bared.

On its first flight, Stratolaunch flew two and a half hours over the Mojave Desert at altitudes up to 17,000 feet.

Source :

Stratolaunch, CNN, BBC