The craft goes by the Stratolaunch aircraft, and like i said initially it's massive. It comes with a 385-foot wingspan, making it the largest in the world going by that metric. It weighs about 500,000 pounds which can swell to a maximum takeoff weight of 1.3 million pounds.
28 wheels enable Stratolaunch to move its ultra heavy weight across the ground which eventually will carry its cargo through the air with the aid of six 747 aircraft engines.
Allen plans to use the Stratolaunch plane as an airborne rocket launcher. Instead of taking off from a launchpad, which requires lots of fuel, Stratolaunch will give rockets a head start by first carrying them up into the sky.
Stratolaunch has already gotten one investor, private spaceflight company Orbital ATK inked a deal with Stratolaunch Systems last October to use the huge plane as a launcher for its Pegasus XL rocket, which is used to send small satellites into space.
Before Stratolaunch starts its mission of taking Orbitals or rockets to space , it has to finish testing 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.
Removing the plane's support scaffolding, letting its wheels experience the full weight of the craft for the first time, and getting it out the door was just a pre test-run. We would be expecting Stratolaunch perform its first demonstration flight in 2019. Hopes are high on this and the company surely will put in all the work to make sure Stratolaunch hits space soon.
By Danson Bassey
✔ Will Uvoh