The co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks has unveiled the world’s largest airplane and there’s nothing else like it in the sky.
Paul Allen and his Stratolaunch team quietly built this 500,000 pound aircraft in California. The Stratolaunch was rolled out for the first time today in Mojave, about 90 miles north of Los Angeles.
The aircraft will carry small launch vehicle that deploy satellites into low-earth orbit. Satellites in low-earth orbit circle the Earth in less than two hours at an altitude of up to 1,200 miles.
The wingspan is longer than a professional football field and measures about 240 feet from nose to tail.
It will be tested over the next couple of years before it is ready for a launch.