A colossal airplane with the worlds largest wingspan – designed to serve as a launching platform for sending rockets into low-Earth orbit – has successfully completed its initial engine tests.
“In these initial tests, each of the six engines operated as expected,” the spaceflight company Stratolaunch, which is led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced.
The 747 turbofan engines were loaded with fuel, started one at a time and then allowed to idle at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, US.
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