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World’s largest plane, the Stratolaunch ‘Roc’, makes first test flight over California

The world’s largest aircraft took off over the Mojave Desert in California on Saturday, the first flight for the carbon-composite plane built by Stratolaunch Systems, started by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, as the company enters the lucrative private space market......

Plane designed to release rockets at high altitudes, making satellite deployment as ‘easy as booking an airline flight’

 

from: https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3006075/worlds-largest-plane-stratolaunch-roc-makes-first

 

They do fly some weird looking stuff out from the desert there ...... :)

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Somehow I think the twin fuselages might pose some problems due to the tailplanes being independent.

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Have you all seen Falcon Heavy launch last week? The sight of all rocket boosters returning to the ground (via controlled landings) is impressive!

 

The cost of logistics to outer space would be cheaper with private entrants like SpaceX and Stratolaunch.

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