Stratolaunch plane founded by Microsoft’s Paul Allen takes flight in California

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With twin fuselages and a wing of a size of a football field, the very big "Stratolaunch" plane is created to make propelling rockets into space easier and cheaper than traditional ground-based launch pads. He died late in 2018 as a result of complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The world's largest airplane - a behemoth boasting six engines, two fuselages and a wingspan broader than a football pitch - made its first test flight on Saturday in California.

Nearly 116 years after the Wright Brothers created history at Kitty Hawk with the first heavier than air flight ever for 12 seconds, another piece of aviation history was created at Nojav in California on Saturday.

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Stratolaunch, according to the company, is created to be a "mobile launch platform that will enable airline-style access to space that is convenient, affordable and routine". They include the six-engine Antonov AN 225 cargo plane, which is 275.5ft or 84m long, and the Boeing 747-8, which is just over 250ft (76.3m) long.

But now Stratolaunch has already signed at least one customer, Northrop Grumman, which plans to use the company's innovation to send its Pegasus XL rocket into space."It was an emotional moment for me, personally, to watch this majestic bird take flight", said Stratolaunch CEO Jean Floyd. The company took no questions from reporters during the call, which lasted 10 minutes.

Here's how Stratolaunch is supposed to work once the plane is fully tested and certified: The jet, carrying a rocket loaded with a satellite, will take off from Mojave and climb to an altitude of 35,000 feet.

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The company said the jet hit altitudes of up to 17,000 feet above the Mojave Desert while performance and handling qualities were evaluated.

"Today's flight furthers our mission to provide a flexible alternative to ground launched systems", Floyd said.

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

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The previous world wingspan record holder was Howard Hughes' World War II-era eight-engine H-4 Hercules flying boat - nicknamed the Spruce Goose.

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