A rocket-launching airplane, Stratolaunch, left its hanger for the first time on May 31. The Stratolaunch is intended to carry space rockets to high altitudes, where they’re then propelled into space.
The mastermind behind the mighty aircraft was Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder. He says, such airborne rocket launches “significantly reduce the risk of costly delays or cancellations.”
The first roll out was merely a test, letting its wheels experience the weight of the aircraft. “This was a crucial step in preparing the aircraft for ground testing, engine runs, taxi tests, and ultimately first flight,” the company wrote on its website. If it functions properly, it is expected that the plane will perform its first launch demostration in 2019.
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