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Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, founded by the late billionaire Paul G. Allen, conducted its first test flight Saturday over the Mojave Desert in California.
With a dual fuselage design and a 385 feet wingspan, the plane lifted off at 0658 PDT from the Mojave Air & Space Port, a Stratolaunch press release read.
Roc - World - Aircraft - Hours - Speed
Called the "Roc," the world's largest aircraft flew for 2.5 hours, achieved a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour, and soared at altitudes up to 17,000 feet. The first flight allowed pilots to evaluate the airworthiness of the aircraft before landing successfully back at the spaceport.
"What a fantastic first flight," said Jean Floyd, CEO of Stratolaunch. "Today’s flight furthers our mission to provide a flexible alternative to ground-launched systems. We are incredibly proud of the Stratolaunch team, today’s flight crew, our partners at Northrup Grumman’s Scaled Composites and the Mojave Air and Space Port."
Release - Test - Team - Flight - Tests
According to the release, the test team conducted several in flight tests:
Performed a variety of flight control maneuvers to calibrate speed...
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