World’s Largest Airplane Completes First Flight Successfully

The world's largest airplane built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems makes its first test flight in Mojave

The world's largest airplane built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems makes its first test flight in Mojave

The world's largest aircraft, developed by aerospace venture Stratolaunch, completed its first flight test on Saturday.

It stayed in the air for about 2.5 hours over the desert where it was able to attain altitudes of up to 17,000 feet while exhibiting a top speed of 189 mph.

Jean Floyd, the chief executive of Stratolaunch, said: "It was an emotional moment to personally watch this majestic bird take flight. without a doubt, he [Allen] would have been proud".

"Today's flight furthers our mission to provide a flexible alternative to ground launched systems, Floyd said".

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Until then, you can have a look at Stratolaunch's maiden flight in the video attached below.

The pilots that flew the behemoth of an aircraft had to carry out a long to-do list including flight-control maneuvers and simulating landing approach exercises. The company aims to make access to orbit more affordable and accessible by launching satellites into space from aircraft, rather than from the ground. It was the first flight for the carbon-composite plane built by Stratolaunch Systems Corp, started by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, as the company enters the lucrative private space market.

The plane is created to drop rockets and other space vehicles weighing up to 500,000 pounds at an altitude of 35,000 feet and has been billed by the company as making satellite deployment as "easy as booking an airline flight". With 117 meters wingspan and 73 meters nose-to-tail length, the company describes its aircraft as the "world's largest plane". "A historic milestone for the #Stratolaunch team with this record setting aircraft taking flight!"

The test: The twin-fuselage plane has six engines and was made from two used Boeing jetliners.

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