The world’s biggest airplane has taken its first flight

Stratolaunch, a rocket launch company, has been working on the world’s largest airplane (by wingspan) for quite some time now. The airplane took off for the very first time on Saturday morning. With a 385 foot wingspan, the behemoth weighs 500,000 pounds and certainly dwarfs even the biggest passenger jets like the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 747. It lifted off for the first time from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California. This airplane isn’t meant to ferry passengers from one point to the other. It has actually been designed to launch rockets into orbit from the air. The first flight of this airplane lasted for over two hours after which the plane landed safely, according to Stratolaunch.This dual-fuselage airplane has been designed to fly at an altitude of 35,000 from where it can drop rockets that then ignite their own engines and boost themselves into orbit. There was no rocket on this initial test flight but at least one company, Northrop Grumman, has signed up with Stratolaunc

The world’s biggest airplane has taken its first flight

Mon 15 Apr 19 from MIT Technology Review

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Sun 14 Apr 19 from Gizmag

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Sun 14 Apr 19 from TechXplore

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Sat 13 Apr 19 from ABC Science

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Sat 13 Apr 19 from The Washington Post

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Wed 17 Apr 19 from SPACE.com

World’s largest aircraft flies for the first time

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Mon 15 Apr 19 from ZME Science

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Sun 14 Apr 19 from Arstechnica

World’s Biggest Airplane Takes Off For The First Time

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Sun 14 Apr 19 from Ubergizmo

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Sun 14 Apr 19 from HotHardware

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