The aircraft to launch rockets from Stratolaunch Systems for the first time left the hangar
Stratolaunch Systems Company began its work six years ago. Established co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen, the company has set its sights on the development of the huge aircraft, designed to launch space rockets. Today Allen posted in his Twitter a photo of the aircraft, which was first rolled out of the hangar for testing the fuel system.
. @Stratolaunch came out of the hangar for fuel testing. More pictures soon! pic.twitter.com/RCNgSpgG6W
- Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) May 31, 2017
The scope of aircraft wings Stratolaunch Systems is 117 meters, which is almost 30 meters longer than that of the plane "Mriya" - now it is the biggest in the world. US aircraft length - 92 meters, and weighs 250 tonnes, but at maximum load it will weigh about 600 tons. The aircraft is equipped with a 28-wheel chassis to withstand such loads, so it can simultaneously carry up to three missiles Orbital ATK Pegasus XL and output on orbit with an altitude of about nine thousand meters.
CEO Jean Floyd noted that the creation of the aircraft is at an early stage, so to speak of flight testing until early.