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World's largest plane makes 1st test flight in California


SUKIRTI MISHRA 14/04/2019 11:48 AM
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Washington. The largest airplane of the world has made its first successful test flight in California. Carrying two fuselages and six Boeing 747 engines, the mega-jet Stratolaunch behemoth conducted its maiden voyage over the Mojave desert, reported the sources.

The plane is designed to conveniently take into space and drop a rocket which in turn would ignite so as to station satellites. The mega jet has been created by the engineering company Scaled Composites. the wingspan of the aircraft is about 1.5 times that of an Airbus A380 or longer than a football field.

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Statistically speaking the wingspan measures 117 meters while that of an Airbus A380 is under 80. As per the sources, the plane has only undertaken ground tests until now. While this time, it hit a top speed of 304 km per hour and reached an altitude of  17000 feet.

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CEO of Stratolaunch, Jean Floyd said, "today's flight furthers our mission to provide a flexible alternative to ground-launched systems". Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft financed Stratolaunch as a way to enter into the market for launching small satellites.

 

 

 

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