The world’s biggest plane will be taking off early 2016!
The new aircraft is named the Stratolaunch Carrier and it is currently under construction at Mojave Air and Spaceport in California. The plane is set to have a wingspan of 385 feet (117 metres).
Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, and Scaled Composites founder, Burt Rutan, are the creators of this aircraft.
When it is built, six 747-class engines will power the Stratolaunch Carrier aircraft. It will also be able to climb to 30,000 feet and launch a rocket at high altitude, which will cost less fuel than if it was launched from Earth.
The Stratolaunch airplane could also launch a Dream Chaser spaceship instead of a satellite, which would be equipped with an upper-stage rocket motor that is still not determined.
“Dream Chaser seemed to be the logical way to go,” Stratolaunch Executive Director Charles Beames said in October.
“It could provide a highly responsive capability with the potential to reach a variety of LEO destinations and return astronauts or payloads to a U.S. runway within 24 hours,” Chuck Beames, president of Allen’s Vulcan Aerospace added.
This aircraft is supposed to “shift how the world conceptualizes space travel through cost reduction and on‐demand access,” and for this reason, we can hardly wait for the day it launches.
Watch the video below for a more graphic display of the aircraft: