Tests of the world's largest aircraft hit on video
One of Stratolaunch project managers Paul Allen posted to Twitter aircraft prototype test video Stratolaunch, during which he made a few races on the runway. According to preliminary calculations, the machine can lift into the air up to 250 tons of cargo (despite the fact that the aircraft itself weighs 230 tonnes). It is expected that the first test flight will take place in 2019.
Stratolaunch plan to use air as a platform to launch rockets to deliver cargo to low-Earth orbit. If a plane takes off successfully, it will be the largest aircraft in the air: the scope of aircraft wings is 117 meters.
Captured new video of @Stratolaunch plane as it reached a top taxi speed of 40 knots (46 mph) with all flight surfaces in place on Sunday. The team verified control responses, building on the first taxi tests conducted in December. pic.twitter.com/OcH1ZkxZRA
- Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) February 26, 2018
Testing was conducted on 24 and 25 February. To test the engines and airborne systems unit carried out several visits. On landing Stratolaunch band has a top speed of 40 knots (46 miles per hour).