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World's largest airplane completes first test flight

World's largest airplane completes first test flight

"To see Paul Allen's dream come to life in front of my very eyes was truly inspiring and incredibly satisfying to me".

With a dual fuselage design and wingspan greater than the length of an American football field, the airplane took off from Mojave Air and Space Port in the US state of California at 6:58 a.m. Importantly for Stratolaunch though the company was able to conduct a first test flight (as reported in The Verge) which saw their massive new plane successfully fly the plane for a total journey of 150 minutes - and importantly, safely land the plane.

A release had the awesome milestone of Stratolaunch announced.

The test took place at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California and was a sigh of relief for the company which recently laid off more 50 employees due to financial challenges in the company.

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Jean Floyd, CEO of Stratolaunch, said it was a "fantastic first flight". "Today's flight furthers our mission to provide a flexible alternative to ground launched systems". The rockets created to be carried aloft by the Stratolaunch will theoretically serve as a cheaper alternative to ground-based launches for certain types of cargo destined for low Earth orbit.

The company seeks to cash in on higher demand in coming years for vessels that can put satellites in orbit, competing in the United States with other space entrepreneurs and industry stalwarts such as Elon Musk's SpaceX and United Launch Alliance - a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

The pilots that flew the behemoth of an aircraft had to carry out a long to-do list including flight-control maneuvers and simulating landing approach exercises.

Jody Allen, chair of Vulcan Inc. and Trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust said, 'We all know Paul would have been proud to witness today's historic achievement'.