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World's largest aircraft comes closer to taking off

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The gigantic Stratolaunch, dual-fuselage aircraft with a wingspan of 385 feet, has taken another step closer to soaring through the skies following a series of low-speed taxi tests that saw it hitting speeds of 46mph.
The Stratolaunch is the world's biggest aircraft with a wingspan of 385 feet.
(Image via Stratolaunch Systems).

The very first taxi test took place back in December, when the aircraft managed to hit 28mph, after which engineers were able to make the necessary adjustments for this latest, faster, test.
Stratolaunch will act as an airborne rocket launching pad.
(Image via Stratolaunch Systems).

As the pictures demonstrate, this is no ordinary aircraft. In fact, calling it an aircraft at all obscures its true purpose- for the Stratolaunch is designed to be an airborne rocket launching pad. The section between the two fuselages (only the right one is pressurised and carries crew; the left one is unpressurised and largely empty except for some flight data systems) will be used to carry payloads of up to 550,000 pounds- most likely Pegasus XL rockets which can launch into low earth orbit.
It is anticipated that the first flight of Stratolaunch will take place sometime in 2019 or 2020.
(Image via Stratolaunch Systems).

Whilst no specific date has been announced for the next round of testing, this latest test is another significant milestone in attempts to get the world’s biggest aircraft, to take flight.

Commenting on the test, George Bugg, aircraft program manager, Stratolaunch Systems Corp, said:

“This was another exciting milestone for our team and the program. Our crew was able to demonstrate ground directional control with nose gear steering, and our brake systems were exercised successfully on the runway. Our first low speed taxi test is a very important step towards first flight. We are all proud and excited.”

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