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Stratolaunch First Flight - satellite-launching aircraft

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2019/apr/14/worlds-largest-aircraft-takes-off-and-successfully-lands-video

A manned giant six-engine aircraft with the world’s longest wingspan – surpassing Howard Hughes’s infamous Spruce Goose – took off from California on its first flight on Saturday. The twin-fuselage Stratolaunch jet lifted off from Mojave air and space port and climbed into the desert sky 70 miles north of Los Angeles. It successfully landed two hours later.

The aircraft is designed to carry as many as three satellite-laden rockets under the centre of its enormous wing, which stretches 385ft, or 117 metres.

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Having been in the presence of the An-225, I'd love to see this bird in person!  

Will be fascinating to see it do the first rocket launch as well!

 

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