But It’s just two planes taped together right? Is this cheating? Would you want to fly on this thing. The idea of building the world’s largest plane just for the sake of it seems fraught with hubris to me and bring to mind the Titanic, Icarus flying too close to the sun, and the Tower of Babel. Enjoy your world’s largest deathtrap, jet setters. I’m fine staying here in bed.https://www.theverge.com/transportation/2019/4/13/18309129/stratolaunch-worlds-biggest-airplane-first-flight-rockets
Twin-hull planes have been around for decades there is nothing new about this except the size.
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stay in bed buddy. we out here makin history (its not (obviously because its fucking square) 2 747 fuselages. and the spars are probably the largest single carbon composite thing that exists. single fibers 385 ft long, and uni fibers 4 ft thick
>>1314267>and the spars are probably the largest single carbon composite thing that exists. single fibers 385 ft long, and uni fibers 4 ft thickNow, I'm curious about this, they may indeed be the longest at least. I'd guess that by volume or weight the biggest is probably some yacht though, they're starting to build carbon ones pretty big.
>>1314070>Would you want to fly on this thing. The idea of building the world’s largest plane just for the sake of itIt's designed to be a launching platform for rockets you absolute mongoloid, it's being built for a very specific purpose not 'just for the sake of it'
>>1314267That was oddly specific knowledge about the flap actuators. Stop by my desk and say hi sometime.>>1314468I wouldn't be surprised if it was built just for the sake of it, with a business case tacked on afterwards. It would be really hard to make back the development costs.Here's a picture from this morning.
>>1314070It's not just for the sake of it. They want to start rockets from the stratosphere.
>>1315227I doubt that this thing will ever put a commercial payload in orbit.
A..are there 2 pilots?
>>1316262smaller versions of a similar idea have been tested successfully
>>1314583Wow...You REALLY didn't get the memo about this being built to carry a spacecraft between the fuselages? Its a launch platform to send tourists into space AND launch satellites cheaper. Yeah, they're gonna make their money back, maybe while you find out that your airline just went bust while you're riding middle seat in coach, about to miss your connection. Please, dismiss yourself from any Stratolaunch discussions until you educate yourself about it.
>>1316446lol. I'd like to think I know a little bit about the program. Do you have any idea how much the program has cost so far, and how much more it would take just to get a pre-existing launch vehicle like Pegasus integrated?I think it could totally be possible that Paul Allen wanted to do something ambitious and change the industry, not just make money (otherwise investors would be all over this). Yeah it will make a little bit back and probably even become self-sustaining, but no way to recoup the development costs. It's not like he bankrolled SpaceShipOne to make money.
>>1316467The problem is that the original launch systems planned for it (Falcon 9 Air, Dreamchaser, etc.) all backed out, leaving them with only the pegasus. Chances are they'll end up flying payloads for the airforce instead [spoiler]or get mothballed[/spoiler].
>>1316481Stratolaunch was working on several of their own rocket designs, but they've stopped that after Paul Allen died (and laid everyone off). They're looking to sell the company, so it will depend on what the buyer wants really. It sounds like the program will continue though, so no mothballs.
>>1314070Which side has the (real) cockpit?
>>1316432Right. However, with more and more launch vehicles becoming available, this thing is becoming less and less commercially viable. The Pegasus XL platform is pretty good, for what it is, and is relatively economical for small payloads. Larger (read: more valuable) payloads ask for a more reliable launch system. We'll see more "gang-bang" launches that put multiple payloads in multiple orbits, so the launch cost is shared by several owners.I see Stratolaunch performing a series of suborbital demonstration tests, and perhaps a couple of orbital insertions, again, just for testing and demonstration. The whole "space tourism" thing? I'll believe it when I see it. For the foreseeable future, such endeavours will be limited to parabolic suborbital flight.In 10 years, Stratolaunch will be a giant monument to getting all dressed up with no place to go.
>>1316446The problem is, Medium Launch Vehicle, Medium Launch Vehicle Heavy and Space Plane were all cancelled.Right now, Stratolaunch can only launch 3 Northrop Grumman Pegasus rockets at once, and that's it. Virgin Orbital has developed their own rocket system and they're using 747-400s retried from the Virgin Atlantic fleet.Meanwhile, SpaceX, who initally wanted to use Stratolaunch with the Falcon 5 abandoned the idea when they didn't like the idea of the Falcon 5 and Falcon 9 booster recovery started to appear to be realistic.Stratolaunch is a rocket launch plane with no rocket to launch.
Put a passenger cabin with a dance club in the midwing, and some Saudi prince will buy it.
>>1314070only it isnt the worlds biggest airplane. i worked at lockheed martin for 13 years.
>>1316262Northrop Grumman is so amateurish aerospace company. It is literally being built by Scaled Composites for Stratolaunch Systems. Another Northrop Grumman subsidiary, Orbital ATK, has done orbital launches from NB-52 and Lockheed TriStar for almost 30 years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L47cpXTzQUStratolaunch is just doing that on bigger scale. Three Pegasus rockets per flight or with a bigger rocket.
>>1314311and only 4 part are interchangeable with the P51 Mustang
I want to fly on a giant gasbag
>>1316446>take off in bigass welded together passenger jet>have to sprint across wing doing mach 2.bagillion to hop into shuttle just in time for breaching the atmosphere, somehow both sticking to the wing and not asphyxiating on the way over.>whole ass stratolaunch jet gets ditched each timeGoddamn this is legendarily stupid. Russians confirmed for subhuman
>>1317967There's a tunnel in the wing they use to get from the cockpit to the shuttle, so they don't need to run across the wing.
The AN-225 is cooler
>>1319214It can also carry a larger load while being a general purpose cargo transporter whereas this stratoshit can only carry jets
>>1317967They don't ditch the entire plane, it's perfectly fine to fly back to the spaceport and land again. Also, it's American, not Russian. Idiot burger confirmed.
>>1319216it's almost like they've been built for completely different purposesreally makes you think
>>1319216>>1319214butthurt vatniks confirmed.
>>1316742lel this went under the radar
chunky boy coming through
>>1320598>Phismosis: The Plane.
>>1319214This, myria will always be my planefu.
>>1314070So you can take out 2 towers with 1 plane
>>1320831Seen one of those in Hamburg before, what a curiosity.>>1321794Seen one of those in Leipzig before, what a big guy.
>>1314070Pretty much. No. No.BtW RMS Titanic was built to compete w/ the White Star Line's main rivals Cunard, which had recently launched the Lusitania & the Mauretania - the fastest passenger ships then in service - & the German lines Hamburg America & Norddeutscher Lloyd, rather than because of hubris.
>>1314070>just for the sake of itYou don't know what it's used for, do you? How are you gonna transport a huge ass rocket otherwise?
>>1320831dolphins can't fly.
>>1320598>>1320831Can someone explain why these planes aren't more popular?Seems like you could carry so many more people
>>1326569It takes literally hours to board and deboard all the passengers. A mechanical or something like that causes much larger ripple effects throughout the network. They are extremely uneconomical to fly unless you can pack them to the gills at all times and put them on 8+ hour routes where the extra fuel load offsets the wasted fuel for takeoff and climb. The vast majority of airports are unequipped to handle them. Passengers find the 5+ width seating blocks distasteful.
>>1326572There's no reason it should take more than 20 minutes for everyone to boardAnd with everyone having wifi now I don't think people would care as much how many they're seated withI just think the logistical problems should be solvable by a trillion dollar industry given how much more money they could pull in per trip
>>1326575>There's no reason it should take more than 20 minutes for everyone to boardWhen was the last time you took an airplane ride, at all?
>>1326578I've never been but it seems like without regulations there's no reason the boarding process should take very long... Everyone should just walk in and find their seat like a movie theater
>>1326580Some airlines do that. It doesn't help.
>>1326583How about at the gate you have assigned seats so everyone is ready with the people in the front going to the back of the plane and et cetera vice verse
>>1326592That's what they already do