Stratolaunch Flies World’s Biggest Airplane, Makes Its First Flight

Published on April 15th, 2019

On April 13, the world’s largest airplane, made its first test flight. The massive airplane, developed by Stratolaunch, has a bigger than football field wingspan. In its first test, it achieved a maximum speed of 189 miles per hours.

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The plane, named Roc, remained in the air for 2.5 hours, giving pilot enough time to evaluate its performance and handling. Finally, it landed at Mojave Air and Space Port, California.

Mojave-based aerospace company Scaled Composites have built this plane for Stratolaunch. The plane is intended to be used for launching rocket into orbit from high altitude.

The plane featuring twin fuselages and six jet engines, can fly satellite-carrying rockets to an altitude of about 35,000 feet.

Though, Stratolaunch described it as the world’s largest plane, but its nose-to-tail length is not the longest in the world. Its nose to length is just 73 meters, while wingspan is 117 meters long. Its wingspan is really the world’s largest.

In 2011, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen set up Stratolaunch. Stratolaunch aims to “make access to orbit as routine as catching a commercial airline flight is today”

 

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