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World's largest plane makes its first successful test flight

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Priscilla Morrison | 15 April, 2019, 19:58

With this successful first test flight though, it proves that their plane concept does work and could see an increasing amount of interest from other aerospace companies looking to release rockets into space.

With a dual fuselage design and wingspan greater than the length of an American football field, the airplane took off from Mojave Air and Space Port in the USA state of California at 6:58 a.m.

It flew for 2.5 hours. They also simulated landing approach ay 15,000 meters (49,000 feet) before safely landing at the Space Port where it departed from.

"What a fantastic first flight", said Jean Floyd, CEO of Stratolaunch. "Today's flight furthers our mission to provide a flexible alternative to ground launched systems", Floyd said. As per the information provided on the Stratolaunch website, the test flight took off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California at 6:58 am Pacific Time (7:28 pm India time).

The world's biggest airplane took flight on Saturday.

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The plan is for the Stratolaunch plane to eventually act as a flying launch pad for satellites, which could potentially be a less expensive way to send objects into space than rockets.

Stratolaunch was established in 2011 by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, who died in October past year.

The centre wing of the plane can hold up to 500,000 pounds in weight. While it does have the largest wingspan, it does not have the longest nose-to-tail length. "The aircraft is a remarkable engineering achievement and we congratulate everyone involved". "A historic milestone for the #Stratolaunch team with this record setting aircraft taking flight!"

The test: The twin-fuselage plane has six engines and was made from two used Boeing jetliners.

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