The World’s Largest Plane is powered by 6 a Boeing 747 and has a payload capacity of over 500,000 lbs. But you will probably never get to ride it.
Stratolaunch was designed to launch satellites into the orbit. Commonly utilized fixed launch of space aircrafts is hard to plan, too reliable on weather, and too costly.
Stratolaunch aims to change how businesses and governments get access to space.
With Stratolaunch, a reusable air-launch platform that looks like two planes tied together, has many benefits.
It is more accessible, less reliable on weather conditions, and can be launched from different runways. This should bring more exploration missions per year and less costly delays.
This world-changing bird is currently being built and refined in Mojave, California. It has just completed it’s first low-speed taxi test where it had reached the speed of 25 knots (28 miles per hour) down the runway. It is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2020.