The large Stratolaunch — an airplane with the world’s longest wingspan, powered by six engines — flew this week for the second time over the Southern California desert.
The catamaran-looking plane, which options two cockpits on separate fuselages, took off Thursday from the Mojave Air and Space Port two years after its maiden flight, following a change in possession and function.
“We are airborne,” the Stratolaunch firm tweeted about 7:30 a.m.
The plane, a behemoth with a wingspan of 385 ft named Roc, reached a most altitude of 14,000 ft and a high pace of 199 mph throughout Thursday’s test flight, according to Space.com.
It landed safely about three hours in a while its 28 wheels — and Stratolaunch known as the test a hit.
Roc was developed by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, who died simply months earlier than it flew for the primary time in April 2019.
He supposed to make use of it as a service plane for house launches, transporting satellite-laden rockets underneath the middle of the wing and releasing them at excessive altitude.
The new homeowners initially plan to make use of it as a service plane for launches of reusable hypersonic flight analysis automobiles.
Hypersonic describes flights at speeds of at the very least Mach 5, or 5 instances the pace of sound.