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The world’s largest airplane finally took off

stratolaunch test flight

It didn't take long for SpaceX to become a leader in commercial spaceflight. The company's reusable rocket technology makes it possible for the company to offer its services at a lower cost and with a shorter turnaround time than its competitors, and it rapidly won contracts from both commercial clients and governments around the world.

But SpaceX isn't the only company reinventing how to launch satellites and other things into space. Stratolaunch Systems is a startup that has been working on a very different method of launching spacecraft — specifically, carrying a multi-stage launch vehicle to a high altitude before hitting the switch. To do this, the company has developed the Stratolaunch (I know, the naming is a bit confusing), a twin-fuselage plane that took its maiden flight this past weekend.

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