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Gigantic Stratolaunch aircraft takes off on 2nd test flight

Posted at 9:31 AM, Apr 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-29 12:31:26-04

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — The gigantic Stratolaunch aircraft has taken off for the second time.

The six-engine jet with the world’s longest wingspan took off from Mojave Air and Space Port Thursday morning, two years after its maiden flight.

Named Roc, the twin-fuselage aircraft has a wingspan of 385 feet. It was developed by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, who died just months before it flew for the first time in April 2019.

Allen intended to use it as a carrier aircraft for space launches.

New owners initially plan to use it as a carrier aircraft for launches of reusable hypersonic flight research vehicles.