World's largest aircraft capable of launching vehicles in space successfully flight-tested

World's largest plane makes first test flight

In addition to Allen's death, Stratolaunch eventually gave up building a series of rockets and spacecrafts with which it meant to play a significant role in the growing market for satellite launches and other space artifacts.

That's not all that makes this plane remarkable.

The world's largest aircraft, developed by aerospace venture Stratolaunch, completed its first flight test on Saturday.

Allen died last October at age 65 from complications related to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Stratolaunch aircraft first emerged from its Mojave hangar in 2017 and underwent ground tests, including taxiing and rolling down a runway at near-takeoff speeds.

It has been billed by the company as making satellite deployment as "easy as booking an airline flight". The plane flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave desert at altitudes up to 17,000 feet during which pilots evaluated aircraft performance and handling qualities before landing it successfully back at the Mojave space port.

The thought is to fly the plane to 10 km (6.2 miles) before releasing satellites into space.

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The plane flew for about two-and-a-half hours.

The aircraft is created to release rockets attached to the center of its enormous wing, which stretches 385 feet (117 meters) from tip to tip - a longer wingspan than any other aircraft. "People want to see what's next".

The company is now developing four different rocket systems, which can be launched to space from the center wing part of the aircraft.

Stratolaunch originally touted this jet as the world's biggest aircraft, but toned down that statement this weekend referring to it as the "world's largest all-composite aircraft".

In other words, this isn't your typical airplane. It's powered by the same type of engines used by Boeing 747s, and is created to take off at a maximum weight of 1.3 million pounds (589,676 kilograms).

Speaking to the media soon after the touchdown, Evan said, the successful flight was the result of the blood, sweat and tears of all the men and women of Stratolaunch who worked tirelessly.

"Overall, we're very pleased with how the Stratolaunch aircraft performed", said Zachary Krevor, vice president of engineering at Stratolaunch.

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