WASHINGTON – The world's largest aircraft in a world – a Stratolaunch animal with two mergers and six Boeing 747 bikes – made the first test flight on Saturday in California.
The mega-jet carried her family home over the Mojave Desert.
It is designed to carry in space, and vanish, which would not allow any direction to deploy satellites.
It is designed to create a flexible way to deploy satellites as vertical missiles, in order to do all this requires a long runway for emergence.
It was built by an engineer company called Skale Composites.
The aircraft is so large that its aircraft span is longer than a football field, or about 1.5 times that of an Airbus A380.
Specifically, the wing team is 117 meters; That of an Airbus A380 is just under 80.
The plane flew Saturday for about two and a half hours, Stratolaunch said. So far, it has just done some research on the ground.
It reached a top speed of 304 kilometers per hour (189 mph) and reached a height of 17,000 meters, or 5,182 meters.
"What a fantastic first flight," said Jean Floyd, director of Stratolaunch.
"The current flight expects our mission to make a flexible alternative to ground-based systems," he said.
Stratolaunch was financed by Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft as a way to gain market recognition for small satellites.
But Allen died in October of last year, so the future of a company is not certain.
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