Brand-new stratolaunch, the biggest plane in the world, could replace the space shuttle

 

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The people who built the first private aircraft to fly into space are teaming up once again to construct the largest aircraft ever flown, a behemoth air-launched orbital cargo delivery system called Stratolaunch. And SpaceX, the first company to launch a privately built spaceship into orbit, will build the rocket. Startup Stratolaunch Systems aims to build a humongous mothership-rocket combo craft, like a super-sized version of SpaceShipTwo.
 
Source: PopSci.com 
 
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