Monday, February 26, 2018

Dear Mr. Allen, please let your big bird take flight soon. Signed, everyone

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Stratolaunch Systems Corp.

The oh-so-massive Stratolaunch aircraft seems to be getting a little bit closer to taking flight. Last year, Vulcan Aerospace began ground-based tests of the 72.5-meter-long airplane, which culminated in December with runway tests that saw the vehicle roll at speeds of up to 28mph in Mojave, California.

Now, the Stratolaunch has pushed those ground-based cruising speeds even faster. According to the company's founder, Paul Allen, the Stratolaunch aircraft reached a top taxi speed of 46mph this weekend, "with all flight surfaces in place." These tests are part of a regimen to certify the aircraft's ability to steer and stop. The company also released new photos of the plane taken during these tests that further demonstrate its incredible scale.

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