The Stratolaunch — the world’s largest plane by wingspan — took its first flight on Saturday above the Mojave Desert in California. With a wingspan wider than the length of an American football field, the plane features six turbofan engines, a dual fuselage design and was made using parts from two Boeing jets, according to The New York Times.
The Stratolaunch, as the plane is called, is designed to carry rockets to an altitude of 35,000 feet, at which time they would ignite and launch into orbit, according to The Verge.
The plane was built by Stratolaunch Systems, which was created in 2011 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. By launching rockets, satellites and other spacecraft from the sky, the company is betting it will be able to avoid the types of delays that ground launches are prone to, such as bad weather. The Stratolaunch plane features six turbofan engines and a dual-fuselage design. Watch full video right here to get the details!