Paul Allen’s intriguing launch company, Vulcan Aerospace, has gone relatively quiet in recent years, and questions about the venture’s viability have been increasing.
But on Wednesday, the cofounder of Microsoft shared a new photo of the company’s Stratolaunch airplane—the largest in the world—and it seems the company is moving forward.
The new plane is, in a word, bigly.
The aircraft has 385-foot wingspan and, powered by six Pratt & Whitney engines used on Boeing 747 aircraft, has a maximum takeoff weight of 1.3 million pounds.
The Stratolaunch’s wingspan is the largest in history, blowing away the previous record-holder (Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose) by 65 feet.
Vulcan Aerospace says its Stratolaunch airplane will have an operational range of 2,000 nautical miles.
Serving as a reusable first stage for rocket launches, the Stratolaunch system will be capable of delivering payloads to multiple orbits and inclinations in a single mission.
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