The Stratolaunch is 238 feet long, 50 feet tall, and has a 385-foot wingspan. It made its first flight in April.
- The Stratolaunch is the world's largest aircraft.
- Its 385-foot wingspan is longer than a football field.
- The aircraft made its first flight on April 13.
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The world's largest plane is so big that it needs two fuselages with separate cockpits.
It's called the Stratolaunch, and it's designed to launch rockets into space in what is known as low-Earth orbit, which means the spacecraft is between 99 and 1,200 miles above the Earth's surface. (Most space flights, as well as satellites and the International Space Station, are in low-Earth orbit.) Paul Allen — the late founder of the company that makes the Stratolaunch, also called Stratolaunch — hoped to launch a rocket the size of a NASA space shuttle one day, according to the Washington Post.
Stratolaunch said on October 11 that it had a new owner, though it did disclose the owner's name. The company had previously been owned by Vulcan Inc, a holding company started by Allen.
Here's a look at the Stratolaunch, and why businesses might want to use it.