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World's biggest plane flies for the first time

World's biggest plane flies for the first time”

Stratolaunch, the world's largest aircraft type by wingspan, has taken off on its maiden flight on Saturday.

At a half-million tons, the jet took flight shortly after 10 a.m.at Mojave Air and Space Port, reaching a maximum speed of 175 miles per hour and a peak altitude of 15,000 feet.

A commercial Boeing 747's gross weight is 735,000 pounds with a wingspan of 195 feet and a ceiling of 45,000 feet, according to Boeing.

"What a fantastic first flight", said Jean Floyd, CEO of Stratolaunchm in a statement.

Stratolaunch, according to the company, is created to be a "mobile launch platform that will enable airline-style access to space that is convenient, affordable and routine".

Stratolaunch was founded in 2011 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who passed away earlier this year. "We had a couple of corrections to line up in the slowdown and ended up rolling to a stop pretty much where we wanted to coming off the runway". He said aircraft landed "on the mark" after a few low passes.

Importantly, Saturday's flight was just a test - no rockets were launched from the giant plane as it soared at 17,000 feet. It may one day also launch passenger shuttles into space.

"It's these possibilities that drove us to develop the world's largest plane, which acts as a launch pad in the sky, bypassing numerous hazards that cause ground-launch delays here on Earth".

Stratolaunch, which was founded by Mr Allen, is vying to be a contender in the market for air-launching small satellites. Allen's partner was specialty aircraft builder Scaled Composites. Thomas said this flight started out like those previous tests until they throttled up and did a rotation maneuver to take off.

Floyd said that as the plane lifted off, "I did whisper a "thank you" to Paul for allowing me to be part of this remarkable achievement". The company initially planned to develop its own fleet of rockets but scrapped the plan in January, CNBC report says.



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