This the largest plane in the world taking off in the Mojave desert in the United States. “It’s been dubbed the Stratolaunch. It’s got six engines, two fuselages and a wingspan wider than a football pitch.
The craft has been developed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who plans to strap rockets under the wings, fly to 35,000 and then release them.
— Stratolaunch (@Stratolaunch) April 13, 2019
The company says the idea is to lower the cost of spaceflight and make launching a satellite as easy as booking an airline flight. The Stratolaunch is still in development and is due to start operating in 2020.
The business also has plans to launch a small spaceplane capable of carrying a number of passengers yet to be determined.