Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
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Watch the World's Largest Aircraft Soar to the Skies

Watch the World's Largest Aircraft Soar to the Skies

The world's largest aircraft, developed by aerospace venture Stratolaunch, completed its first flight test on Saturday.

The vital statistic: The plane's 385 foot (117 meter) wingspan is wider than a football field, making it the longest in the world.

A release had the fantastic milestone of Stratolaunch announced.

The plane, built by Stratolaunch Systems Corp, stayed aloft for more than two hours, hitting a top speed of 304km per hour, and reached an altitude of 5 182m. The aircraft took off from Mojave Air and Space Port located in California.

"We are incredibly proud of the Stratolaunch team, today's flight crew, our partners at Northrup Grumman's Scaled Composites and the Mojave Air and Space Port", he added.

Until then, you can have a look at Stratolaunch's maiden flight in the video attached below.

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.

This enormous aircraft took flight on Saturday. However, when it comes to planes, it appears the industry is moving in the opposite direction as they are not only trying to fit more passengers into planes for long-distance flights but now also creating massive planes in which to launch rockets from. According to their website, Stratolaunch wants to "make access to orbit as routine as catching a commercial airline flight is today". Jody Allen, chair of Vulcan Inc. and Trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust said, 'We all know Paul would have been proud to witness today's historic achievement'.

Moreover, it conducted simulated landing approach exercises at a max altitude of 15,000 feet mean sea level.

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