World's largest plane unveiled at Mojave Desert

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Paul Allen just rolled out the world’s largest airplane

 

Updated 4:01 pm, Wednesday, May 31, 2017

 

The initial construction on the massive airplane Paul Allen has been quietly building in the California desert is complete, and the vehicle, which would be the world’s largest airplane with a wingspan wider than Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose, was wheeled out of its hangar for the first time on Wednesday.

Called Stratolaunch, the plane has some impressive stats: a wingspan of 385 feet, or longer than a football field, a height of 50 feet. Unfueled, it weighs 500,000 pounds. But it can carry 250,000 pounds of fuel, and its total weight can reach as high as 1.3 million pounds.

 

 

But, really . ... How big is it? It’s so big that it has 28 wheels and six 747 jet engines. It’s so big that it has 60 miles of wire coursing through it. It’s so big that the county had to issue special construction permits just for the construction scaffolding.

It’s so big that to truly get a sense of it, you have to see it from a distance — like a mountain.

But why is Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks, building such a huge plane?

 

It’s not to carry passengers, but rather rockets. The bigger the plane, the larger the rockets, or the greater the number.

Allen’s Stratolaunch company has partnered with Orbital ATK to “air launch” the company’s Pegasus XL, a rocket capable of delivering small satellites, weighing as much as 1,000 pounds, to orbit. The rockets would be tethered to the belly of the giant plane, which would fly them aloft, and once at an altitude of 35,000 feet or so, the rockets would drop and “air launch” to space.

“With airport-style operations and quick turnaround capabilities,” the company said it believes “air launch” is a cheaper and more efficient way to get satellites into space than rockets that launch vertically and can be extraordinarily expensive.

For Allen, it’s all about low-Earth orbit. He and others, such as Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit, are betting that they can reduce the cost of launching small satellites to space. And that, in turn, will lead to new ways to beam the Internet across the globe, provide better Earth sensing capabilities and better communication, and open up all sorts of avenues.

“When such access to space is routine, innovation will accelerate in ways beyond what we can currently imagine,” Allen said in a statement a year ago. “That’s the thing about new platforms: When they become easily available, convenient and affordable, they attract and enable other visionaries and entrepreneurs to realize more new concepts.”

More than a decade ago, Allen had hoped to spark a revolution in space travel when he funded SpaceShipOne, which became the first commercial vehicle to cross the threshold of space. The project ultimately won the Ansari X Prize, and a $10 million award. He then licensed the technology to Branson and moved on to other pursuits. But with Stratolaunch, he is back in the space business.

“Thirty years ago, the PC revolution put computing power into the hands of millions and unlocked incalculable human potential,” he wrote. “Twenty years ago, the advent of the Web and the subsequent proliferation of smartphones combined to enable billions of people to surmount the traditional limitations of geography and commerce. Today, expanding access to (low-Earth orbit) holds similar revolutionary potential.”

In a statement Wednesday, Jean Floyd, Stratolaunch’s chief executive, said the company would be “actively exploring a broad spectrum of launch vehicles that will enable us to provide more flexibility to customers.”................

 

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That thing in the middle looks an awful lot like a dildo.

That plane doesn't look right.

How many of these planes equals a Clipper?

Weiner 

What's better than 1 plane? 2 planes glued together. Genius. 

50 feet seems low.

Paul Allen? What's his business card look like?

Meh. Not as impressive as I thought it would look.

How much extra would it cost for aointy, less dick t
Looking nose?

Captain CargoShorts -

That thing in the middle looks an awful lot like a dildo.

So glad this was the first comment. 

xgood4nothingx -

Paul Allen? What's his business card look like?

Pail nimbus

I'm thinking the Mojave  desert has a low population which would make it a safe place for a plane to crash. 

I'm guessing they overlooked the weak point in the middle.

RouseysMole - 

Weiner 


Que?

Racer X -


Bone, with raised lettering. OMG. 

That plane even has a watermark!

Transporter - I'm guessing they overlooked the weak point in the middle.


the plane just got out of the pool and it's cold outside, asshole!

Fucking ugly piece of shit!