World's largest aircraft rolls out for first time
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has spent the last six years working on the giant aircraft. (Image source: Stratolaunch Systems) Photograph: (Others)
The world’s largest aircraft rolled out of its hangar early Thursday (IST) in the Mojave Desert, California for the first time.
Stratolaunch is designed to release rockets that will carry satellites into space.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has spent the last six years working on the giant aircraft.
It has a 385-foot wingspan, features six engines used by the Boeing 747, stands 50 feet tall and can carry more than 500,000 pounds of payload.
The double-bodied airplane has the largest wingspan of any aircraft.
According to a company statement, this is the first time the aircraft has held its full weight on its 28 wheels.
The company said they will be actively conducting ground and flight line testing at the Mojave Air and Space Port over the coming weeks and months.