UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Stratolaunch Systems reported the details of the first flight of its dual-fuselage aircraft, developed to carry medium-powered launchers.
The largest aircraft in the world, the Stratolaunch , has exceeded the altitude of 5,000 meters during its first flight, announced the group Stratolaunch Systems in a statement posted on its official website.
According to the document, the flight lasted two and a half hours. The double-fuselage unit, designed to carry rockets and release them into the stratosphere, has developed the maximum speed of 304 km / h.
During tests conducted in California, in the western United States , pilots assessed the flight characteristics of the aircraft, its controllability, and the operation of various control systems, the group said.
Developed by Stratolaunch as part of its airborne launch system, the massive aircraft began its test program in 2017. Its first flight should have been before the end of 2018, but the year ended without he does not leave the ground.
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With two twin fuselages weighing 226 tonnes, the aircraft is capable of carrying loads of up to 250 tonnes. Its wingspan reaches 117 meters, defying the length of a football field. Powered by six engines borrowed from Boeing 747s, the aircraft will carry three launchers per flight.
The project is launched and funded by billionaire Paul Allen , co-founder of Microsoft in 2011.
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