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Author Topic: World's Largest Airplane Rolled Out  (Read 1479 times)

Offline cosworth151

World's Largest Airplane Rolled Out
« on: June 06, 2017, 02:07:30 PM »
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  • The Stratolaunch, a 550,000 lb (250,000 kg) aircraft with a wingspan longer than an NFL football field, was rolled out for the first time last Wednesday. It is a project of former Microsoft exec Paul Allen.

     The Stratolaunch carrier plane is designed to launch rockets into orbit from an altitude of 30,000 feet (9,100 meters). Initially, the plane will carry a single Pegasus XL rocket built by Orbital ATK, but the craft will eventually be able to carry up to three of those boosters simultaneously, Stratolaunch Systems Corp. CEO Jean Floyd said. The craft has a maximum full load take-off weight of 1.3 million lbs. (590,000 kg). It's powered by 6 Pratt & Whitney PW4056 jet engines. Those are the same engines used on a 747.

    Stratolaunch Systems has been quietly designing and building the rocket-toting plane over the last few years.

    "Over the past few weeks, we have removed the fabrication infrastructure, including the three-story scaffolding surrounding the aircraft, and rested the aircraft's full weight on its 28 wheels for the first time," Floyd said. "This was a crucial step in preparing the aircraft for ground testing, engine runs, taxi tests and, ultimately, first flight."

    My first though when I saw it was, "I'll bet it's a real bear to taxi with two nose wheels that far apart."

    « Last Edit: June 06, 2017, 02:11:15 PM by cosworth151 »


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    Offline Jericoke

    Re: World's Largest Airplane Rolled Out
    « Reply #1 on: June 06, 2017, 02:59:54 PM »
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  • I'm excited by all the projects afoot that make space travel much more affordable.  Considering that the early days of the space race included launching craft from the wing a B-52, it seems weird that it's taken this long to circle back to this idea of airborne rocket launches

    Offline Mollie

    Re: World's Largest Airplane Rolled Out
    « Reply #2 on: August 15, 2017, 10:06:38 AM »
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  • The Stratolaunch, a 550,000 lb (250,000 kg) aircraft with a wingspan longer than an NFL football field, was rolled out for the first time last Wednesday. It is a project of former Microsoft exec Paul Allen.

     The Stratolaunch carrier plane is designed to launch rockets into orbit from an altitude of 30,000 feet (9,100 meters). Initially, the plane will carry a single Pegasus XL rocket built by Orbital ATK, but the craft will eventually be able to carry up to three of those boosters simultaneously, Stratolaunch Systems Corp. CEO Jean Floyd said. The craft has a maximum full load take-off weight of 1.3 million lbs. (590,000 kg). It's powered by 6 Pratt & Whitney PW4056 jet engines. Those are the same engines used on a 747.

    Stratolaunch Systems has been quietly designing and building the rocket-toting plane over the last few years.

    "Over the past few weeks, we have removed the fabrication infrastructure, including the three-story scaffolding surrounding the aircraft, and rested the aircraft's full weight on its 28 wheels for the first time," Floyd said. "This was a crucial step in preparing the aircraft for ground testing, engine runs, taxi tests and, ultimately, first flight."

    My first though when I saw it was, "I'll bet it's a real bear to taxi with two nose wheels that far apart."



    I managed to watch it to the end...which is a good thing! Strangely enough, i think it actually looks good. I guess this is because i was sought of expecting the design to be horrible.