Stratolaunch Test Flies - World Largest Airplane

Stratolaunch is developing a reusable hypersonic flight vehicle that shall be used to launch satellites.
Sheena

Updated: May 04, 2021 11:52:08 am

04 May 2021 Current Affairs:The world's largest aircraft manufactured by Stratolaunch recently completed its second test flight from the Mojave Aerospace Port in California.

Highlights:
♦ The flight reached an altitude of 4,267 meters during the test flight. It got a top speed of 320 kilometres per hour. This aircraft can carry a payload of more than 220 tons. The wingspan of the aircraft is 117 meters. This is bigger than an American football field. It was named "Roc". 
♦ The roc bird is a big bird usually mentioned in the mythology of the Middle East. It is very popular in "Sinbad the Sailor". It uses a dual body configuration. The fuselage is the main part of the aircraft. It accommodates cargo, crew and passengers. The dual body design has two bodies.
♦ The fuselage is supported by twelve main landing gear wheels and two front landing gear wheels. The left fuselage cockpit is unmanned. It only accommodates auxiliary equipment. Both fuselage cockpits are pressurized and separated from the unpressurized vehicle.
♦ Paul Allen established Stratolaunch in the year 2011. He was a co-founder of Microsoft. Stratolaunch is developing a reusable hypersonic flight vehicle that shall be used to launch satellites.
 
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