The Stratolaunch, the world's largest aircraft that just so happens to be created to "enable airline-style access to space", successfully took flight for the first time in the Mojave Desert on April 13.
"It was an emotional moment to watch this bird take flight".More news: New details in child thrown from Mall of America balcony
"Really, for a first flight, it was spot on".
The plane reached speeds of 189 miles per hour (304 km/h) and performed several flight control maneuvers, including "roll doublets, yawing maneuvers, pushovers and pull-ups, and steady heading side slips", the manufacturer Stratolaunch said in a statement. He did not specify what those things were, and briefing participants did not take questions.
The aircraft is created to release rockets attached to the center of its enormous wing, which stretches 385 feet (117 meters) from tip to tip - a longer wingspan than any other aircraft.
Past tests included the initial rollout and an engine test in 2017, and later taxis down the runway in Mojave at various speeds. At an altitude of 35,000ft, the rockets would be released, ignite their engines and soar into space.More news: Multiple people shot outside Australian nightclub
The aircraft taking off from Mojave, California.
According to the company, the Stratolaunch has a max takeoff weight of 589,670 kilograms and will one day assist in the launching of rockets - and satellites - into space. Its twin fuselages - sort of the airplane equivalent of a catamaran - are 238 feet (72.5 meters) long.
Stratolaunch has a wingspan of 386 feet (118 m) and is 26 feet (8 m) long.
While Stratolaunch calls its aircraft the world's largest, other airplanes exceed it in length. The odd aircraft, built by the legendary aeronautical engineering company Scaled Composites in the Mojave Desert, has two fuselages and is powered by six Boeing 747 engines.More news: #RewriteTheRules with the Huawei P30 series