The world’s largest aircraft flying in the first flight over the California desert

Rock plane takes off from Spacioport airport in California's Mojave desert for first time 13 April 2019 AFP

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The world’s largest aircraft (with a wingspan of about 117 meters) is on its first flight over the desert of Mojave, California. The mission of the first aircraft is to find alternative and easier solutions for space launch systems.

It has carried out the first test of the world’s largest aircraft, over half of its wings , over the desert in California.

The exotic aircraft was built by the famous company “Skylide Companies” in the aviation industry in the Mojave Desert. It has a Hicklin and is equipped with six Boeing 747 engines.

The aircraft is supposed to be used to carry a small rocket and throw it into the air. The rocket will then run its engine to go into space to put satellites in orbit. This is a more flexible way to reach space compared to rocket launches vertically. The aircraft only needs a runway.

The plane took off from Spacioport airport in California’s Mojave Desert and stayed in the air for two and a half hours, the company said in a statement on Sunday. The plane had so far only been on the ground.

Its maximum speed is 340 kilometers per hour and can reach 5182 meters.

“It’s a great first flight,” said Jean-Floyd, general manager of Stratolaunch. “The trip made us move forward in our mission to find a flexible alternative to launch systems from the ground.”

The wings of the plane are 117 meters larger than a football field. The Boeing A380 is 79.75 meters long.

Stratolaunch was funded by Paul Allen, one of Microsoft’s founders, to become a key player in the small satellite launch market. Alan’s death in October makes the company’s future uncertain.

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