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In this “world’s largest airplane,” there are twin cabins with three Boeing 747 engines apiece. The cabins are linked by a shared 385-foot wingspan.
This technological Big Bird is “designed to release rockets that will carry satellites into space.” The “baby” of Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, Stratolaunch is 50 feet tall and can hoist over half-a-million pounds.
After taking off from a conventional runway, this mega-plane will rise to the cruising altitude of most commercial airlines. Once there, it will propel “vehicle rockets into orbit.” Stratolaunch will then “fly back to a runway landing for reloading, refueling and reuse.”
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