IT Home, April 14, 2007 - The worlds largest aircraft, built by rocket launcher Stratolaunch, weighed 500,000 pounds and had a wingspan of 385 feet, completed its first flight on Saturday morning, taking off from Mojave Airport and Space Port in Mojave, California, after 10 a.m. Eastern Time. It was the first test flight of the aircraft, which lasted 150 minutes before landing safely, according to the company.
The aircraft is designed with two fuselages and will be used to fly the launch vehicle up to 35,000 feet. The rocket ignites the engine and goes into orbit. There is no launch vehicle for the first flight. But the company has signed Northrop Grumman, which plans to use the Stratolaunch aircraft to launch its Pegasus XL rocket into space.
Jean Freud, chief executive of Stratolaunch, said: Personally, watching this big bird fly is an exciting moment for me. The plane flew as expected, with a maximum speed of 175 miles per hour and a maximum altitude of 15,000 feet.
Its worth mentioning that Stratolaunch was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2011. After Allens death, the company cancelled its rocket development plan.
Source: Editor-in-Charge of IT Home: Wang Fengzhi_NT2541