Updated in: 31 October 2020 - 13:09
TEHRAN (defapress) – The world’s largest airplane – a Stratolaunch behemoth with two fuselages and six Boeing 747 engines – made its first test flight on Saturday in California.
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Publish Date: 14April 2019 - 14:27

World’s Largest Plane Makes First Test FlightThe mega jet carried out its maiden voyage over the Mojave Desert.

It is designed to carry into space, and drop, a rocket that would in turn ignite to deploy satellites.

It is supposed to provide a more flexible way to deploy satellites than vertical takeoff rockets because this way all you need is a long runway for takeoff.

It was built by an engineering company called Scaled Composites.

The aircraft is so big its wing span is longer than a football field, or about 1.5 times that of an Airbus A380.

Specifically, the wing span is 117 meters; that of an Airbus A380 is just under 80.

The plane flew Saturday for about two and a half hours, Stratolaunch said. Until now, it had just carried out tests on the ground, AFP reported.

It hit a top speed of 304kph and reached an altitude of 5,182m.

 “What a fantastic first flight,“ said Jean Floyd, CEO of Stratolaunch.

 “Today’s flight furthers our mission to provide a flexible alternative to ground launched systems,“ he added.

Stratolaunch was financed by Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft as a way to get into the market for launching small satellites.

But Allen died in October of last year so the future of the company is uncertain.

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