The world’s largest plane will fling satellites into space

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“The world has a new largest plane, and it looks like nothing you’ve ever seen at the airport. But this funky behemoth isn’t for carrying passengers. It’s for hoisting satellites into outer space. The twin-hull Stratolaunch Aircraft looks like two seagulls joined at the wingtip. It sports 28 wheels and six engines, and it’s the newest, boldest, entrant into the air launch business.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen founded Stratolaunch in 2011, aiming to make it easier to access space. Its enormous, catamaran-like aircraft will carry ‘air launch vehicles’ between its two fuselages and hoist them into the upper atmosphere. From there, the little launchers will fire their own rockets and shoot the rest of the way into low earth orbit.” Learn more about it at Wired.com.