Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, founded by Paul G. Allen, today successfully completed the first flight of the world’s largest all-composite aircraft, the Stratolaunch. With a dual fuselage design and wingspan greater than the length of an American football field, the Stratolaunch aircraft took flight at 0658 PDT from the Mojave Air & Space Port. Achieving a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour.
The plane flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave Desert at altitudes up to 17,000 feet.
Stratolaunch is the largest airplane in the world to fly. It has with a wingspan measuring 385 feet, two fuselages and six Boeing 747 engines. Stratolaunch is built to launch rockets from the air.
The Stratolaunch aircraft is a mobile launch platform that will enable airline-style access to space that is convenient, affordable and routine. The reinforced center wing can support multiple launch vehicles, weighing up to a total of 500,000 pounds.
— Michael Sheetz (@thesheetztweetz) April 13, 2019
They will have a family of air-launched rockets.
Written By Brian Wang, nextbigfuture.com