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Meet The World’s Biggest Airplane “The Stratolaunch”

Stratolaunch is the world’s largest aircraft by wingspan and is the largest all-composite plane ever built. Utilizing six Boeing 747 engines for a payload capacity of over 500,000 lbs. and an operational range of approximately 2,000 nautical miles, Stratolaunch is capable of delivering payloads to multiple orbits and inclinations in a single mission.

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Stratolaunch’s reusability and air-launch capabilities enable us to take an airport-style approach to operations for launch services. Stratolaunch will take off from a runway, rather than a logistically vulnerable fixed range, which allows us to avoid hazards such as inclement weather, airborne traffic and heavy marine activity.

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Stratolaunch’s airborne launch platform significantly reduces the risk of costly delays or cancellations.Stratolaunch is currently under construction at the Mojave Air & Space Port in Mojave, Calif.

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The Stratolaunch is designed to carry space rockets to high altitude, where they’re then launched into orbit.We aim to be fully operational by the end of this decade.


The company behind the aircraft, founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, says such airborne rocket launches “significantly reduce the risk of costly delays or cancellations.”

Stratolaunch Systems has been quietly designing and building the rocket-toting plane over the last few years.This is a first-of-its-kind aircraft, so we’re going to be diligent throughout testing and continue to prioritize the safety of our pilots, crew, and staff.