On 02-Jun-2017 In News
The co-founder of Microsoft and Chairman of Seattle Seahawks, Paul Allen, has recently unveiled the world's largest aircraft. The aeroplane is named Stratolaunch which is built with six engines of a plane. The Stratolaunch was brought outside a large building for the first time on May 31. Currently, the fuelling tests are being carried out on the aircraft.The construction of the plane began in 2011. The first flight of the plane was planned to take place in 2016, but due to the delay in its testing period, the flight was cancelled. Before the testing, the support structures of the plane were removed, so that, it could rest on its wheels. According to the chief executive of Stratolaunch, over the coming weeks and months, the plane will also undergo ground and flight line testing at the Mojave Air and Space Port, California. Here are some details which we should know about the plane.
The aircraft has the wingspan of 385ft, which is more than the length of American football pitch and it is also the longest wingspan of any aircraft which is ever built. The six engine plane is larger than Howard Hughes' 1947 H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose) which is an airlift flying boat.
Stratolaunch Systems led the project of the aircraft with the aim of revolutionising the orbit travel.
The aircraft is designed to launch the rockets which carry small satellites into space and according to Paul Allen, it will also launch humans in the future.
There is no latest update shared by Paul Allen on the cost.
The aircraft has been nicknamed 'The Roc', after a mythological bird which was so big that it could carry an elephant in its claws.