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The world's largest aircraft, built by the late Paul Allen's company, Stratolaunch Systems, takes off for its first test flight in Mojave, Calif., On April 13, 2019. - Photo Reuters
The world's largest aircraft, built by the late Paul Allen's company, Stratolaunch Systems, takes off for its first test flight in Mojave, Calif., On April 13, 2019. – Photo Reuters

WASHINGTON, April 14 – The largest aircraft in the world – a Stratolaunch monster with two fuselages and six Boeing 747 engines – made its first test flight yesterday in California.

The mega-plane made its maiden voyage to the Mojave Desert.

It is designed to transport in space and drop a rocket that would ignite to deploy satellites.

It is supposed to provide a more flexible way of deploying satellites than vertical takeoff rockets, because you only need a long runway.

It was built by an engineering company called Scaled Composites.

The device is so big that its wing is longer than a football field, about 1.5 times that of an Airbus A380.

Specifically, the wingspan is 117 meters; that of an Airbus A380 is just below 80.

The plane flew yesterday for about two and a half hours, said Stratolaunch. Until now, he had just performed field tests.

It reached a top speed of 304 km / h and reached an altitude of 17,000 feet, or 5,182 meters.

"What a fantastic first flight," said Jean Floyd, CEO of Stratolaunch.

"Today's flight continues our mission to provide a flexible alternative to ground systems," he added.

Stratolaunch was funded by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, to enter the small satellite launch market.

But Allen died last October and the future of the company is uncertain. – AFP


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