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  • World's Largest Plane Just Flew

    The world's largest plane just flew for the first time

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    (CNN) After years of development in the desert north of Los Angeles, a gigantic, six-engined mega jet with the wingspan of an American football field flew Saturday morning for the first time.


    "We finally did it," said Stratolaunch Systems CEO Jean Floyd at a news conference from the hangar at Mojave Air & Space Port. "It was an emotional moment to watch this bird take flight."

    Stratolaunch, the company founded in 2011 by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, conducted the first test flight of the world's largest plane.

    "I had imagined this moment for years, but I had never imagined it without Paul standing next to me," Floyd said, adding that he whispered a private "thank-you" to Allen as the plane took flight.
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    https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/13/busin...ane/index.html

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  • #2
    We are seeing private industry finally getting into the space delivery business and they're quickly moving to do it cheaper and faster than government ever could or did.

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    • #3
      Howard hughes just rolled over in his grave....

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      • #4
        Might this be one of it's payloads ???

        Dream Chaser Spacecraft

        About Dream Chaser

        SNC's Dream Chaser spacecraft is a multi-mission space utility vehicle designed for transporting crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit (LEO) destinations such as the International Space Station.
        Our Dream Chaser spacecraft was selected by NASA to provide cargo delivery, return and disposal service for the space station under the Commercial Resupply Service 2 (CRS-2) contract. Dream Chaser will carry critical supplies like food, water, and science experiments and returns to Earth with a gentle runway landing. The spacecraft will provide a minimum of six cargo missions to and from the space station starting in late 2020.
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        https://www.sncorp.com/what-we-do/dr...SAAEgJyRvD_BwE
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        Sierra Nevada Corp. - Sparks, Nevada
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        • #5
          There are several payloads that are being proposed. One is an in-house booster that puts the satellite in low orbit. Another is a Space X recoverable booster for the same purpose. The Dream Chaser is a third, but has to be scaled down some to fit the Stratolauncher.

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