Thursday, June 22, 2017

World's largest plane gets ready for its debut:

World's largest plane gets ready for its debut
Seattle-based Stratolaunch Systems invited reporters to get their first look at 'Stratolaunch' (pictured), which once completed, which has a wingspan of 385 feet (117 m) and six engine

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20 June 2016

Nearly five years in the making, and this bird may actually fly.  It won't be fully reusable, though.

If SpaceX had stayed in, it might have been quite interesting.  Right now though, it is merely a curiosity.

original post, 6.20.16, updated 6.22.17 :  

Can Stratolaunch compete with SpaceX ?  There seem to be some advantages to launching from the air.  But no rocket exists yet that can take advantage of these.

Perhaps it can be mated with an air breather / rocket combo like Skylon?

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