With a record wingspan of 385 ft., the Stratolaunch satellite launching aircraft rolled out of the assembly hangar at Mojave, California, on May 31 for fuel-system testing. Designed and built by Scaled Composites, the aircraft is intended to air-launch up to three Orbital ATK Pegasus XL boosters on a single flight. The still-incomplete aircraft weighs approximately 500,000 lb., says developer Stratolaunch Systems, which is funded by billionaire Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen. Maximum ...


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