LOS ANGELES (AP) – A giant six-engine plane with the world's longest wing game landed its first flight after approx. two hours in the air on Saturday.
The strata beam was lifted from Mojave Air and Space Port and climbed into the desert sky 70 kilometers north of Los Angeles.
Stratolaunch was founded by the late billionaire Paul G. Allen and strives to be a competitor in the market for air-launching small satellites. 19659002] The aircraft is designed to transport as many as three satellite-loaded rockets at a time under the middle of its huge 385-foot (117-meter) wing – a longer wing spindle than any other aircraft.
At a height of 35,000 feet (1
The benefits of such air-launch systems include being able to use several airports and avoiding the limitations of fixed launch sites that may be affected by us, air traffic, and maritime shipping.
Allen, the founder of Microsoft, founded Stratolaunch Systems Corp. in 2011, after evolving in space, financing the development of the experimental air-launched SpaceShipOne, which in 2004 became the first privately-built manned rocket to reach space.
After Allen's death in October 2018, Stratolaunch dropped plans to develop his own type of rocket engine and a family of launch cars that focused instead on getting the giant aircraft airborne and launching Northrop Grumman's proven Pegasus XL.
The Stratolaunch aircraft originated from its Mojave hangar for the first time in May 2017 and continued through soil samples, including taxing and rolling down a runway at near-starting speeds.
Powered by the same type of engines used by the Boeing 747s, the aircraft is designed to travel with a maximum weight of 580067 kg. Its twin flights – a kind of catamaran equivalent – are 238 feet (72.5 meters) long.
The former wing panel leader was Howard Hughes' second car in the second World War II H-4 Hercules airplane with four motorboats. Gran Goose. Survivors in an aviation museum have a wing tip of approx. 320 feet (97.5 meters) but is just under 219 feet (67 meters) long.
While Stratolaunch calls his plane, the world's largest other aircraft far from nose to tail. They include the six-engine Antonov AN 225 load plane, which is 275.5 feet (84 meters) long, and Boeing 747-8, which is just over 250 feet (76.3 meters) long.