The world’s largest aircraft successfully made its second test flight, as Stratolaunch’s Roc aircraft performed its second test flight from the Mojave Air and Space Port in southeastern California in a three-hour and 14-minute cruise, which is being prepared to transport vehicles that exceed Its speed is high speed of sound.
The giant plane, with a wingspan of 385 feet (117 meters), took off, and the Roc reached a maximum altitude of 14,000 feet (4,267 meters) and a top speed of 199 miles per hour (320 kilometers per hour) within The test flight, which Stratolaunch considered successful.
“We are very pleased with the performance of the aircraft, and we are equally excited at how close the aircraft is to the launch of the first hypersonic vehicle,” Stratolaunch’s chief of operations, Zachary Crevor, said during a post-flight press conference today.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen founded Stratolaunch in 2011 with the idea of using an aircraft to launch satellites into the atmosphere.
But Allen died in October 2018 without seeing it turn into reality, or even seeing the fuselage of the Rock flying off the ground, and the plane didn’t make its first test flight until April 2019.
Notably, the company was sold in October 2019 to its current owners, who have reworked the Rock, and the aircraft will now function as a mobile launch platform for hypersonic vehicles, a maneuverable vehicle that travels at least five times faster than the speed of sound.