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World’s largest plane takes off

After years of progress in the desert north of Los Angeles, a massive, six-engine mega jet with the wingspan of an American football field flew Saturday morning for the first time.

Stratolaunch, the company founded in 2011 by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, led the first test flight of the world’s largest plane.

In simple terms, the Stratolaunch aircraft is a massive flying launch pad, designed to crash satellites into low Earth orbit. It aims to offer the military, private companies and even NASA itself a more cost-effective way to get into space.

The company’s business model calls for getting satellites into space “as easy as booking an airline flight.”

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