Strato Launch plane leaves for the first time the hangar

Strato Launch plane leaves for the first time the hangar

(Picture: Stratolaunch Systems)

The twin-hulled aircraft, from which are to start in flight spaceflight rockets, is for the first time completely on his tires. Now tests are to follow on the ground and in the air.

Strato Launch, the double hull aircraft to carry the spacecraft rocket has left the hangar at the Mojave Air and Space Port for the first time. The manufacturer Stratolaunch Systems, behind the Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is celebrating this in a message as a major milestone. Plans for the aircraft became known in late 2011 for the first time. The first launch of a rocket from Strato Launch of is for of 2019.

The aircraft had been rolled out to first test the refueling. So that the construction would be completed, then further testing may follow on the ground and flight tests, the company writes. Prior to the three-story scaffolding had been removed on the aircraft in recent weeks among others. After that Strato Launch was standing with its approximately 228,000 kilograms for the first time completely on its 28 tires. By comparison, a Boeing 747 weighs about 397,000 kilograms.

The aircraft has a wingspan of 117 m and is 72 m long. It is designed to start with a maximum weight of 590,000 kg, which means it can carry a payload of 250,000 kg; First, a rocket of the type orbital ATK Pegasus XL is planned. Other special options will explore in order to offer customers the widest possible range Strato Launch System.

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Strato Launch: Impressions from the first rollout and out of the workshop (14 photos)

For about six years Stratolaunch Systems is working on the plane.
(Picture: Stratolaunch Systems)

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