The Vulcan Aerospace Stratolaunch carrier made its debut Wednesday in a giant hangar at Mojave Airport and Space Center, in California, where it has been under construction for the past four years.
The aircraft consists of two twin Boeing 747-400 aircraft and has six 747 engines. Stratolaunch will undergo aircraft, ground and flight feeder tests.
Vulcan Aerospace Stratolaunch aims to carry missiles and satellites to 30.000 feet around. From this height will be released the rocket that will carry the satellite and put it in a low orbit. The aircraft will return to its base, refuel and carry more rockets.
Let's look at some of his technical features:
Its wings are 385 feet or 117 meters, making the new aircraft slightly larger than the length of an NFL stadium and making it the world's largest aircraft, surpassing Howard Hughes's Hruf Husen Hercules.
The aircraft has a length of 238 feet (73 meters) from the cockpit to the tail, with a height of 50 feet (15 meters). Exit sheds were made for the first time to check the company if the 28 wheels of the aircraft can support its weight.
It can take off with a gross weight of 1.300.000 lb (589670.081 kg) and carry a maximum payload of load up to 550.000 lbs or 249476 kg. It has a flight radius of 1.000 nautical miles.
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