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    Roc now takes the throne as the world's largest aircraft with a 385-foot wingspan, a gross takeoff weight of 1,300,000 pounds, and powered by six Pratt & Whitney PW4056 Turbofan engines normally found on the 747-400. Combined, these engines put out a whopping 340,500 pounds of thrust. The Roc—it is nicknamed after the huge bird from Greek mythology—will haul rocket payloads up into the sky before sending them on their way into space. -- Tyler Rogoway
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    A research paper shows that Stratolaunch, the company that owns the world's largest airplane, the Roc, was exploring using it as a platform to launch hypersonic research vehicles, in addition to space launch systems, more than a year ago. Last month, the firm, under new ownership following the death of founder Paul Allen, also co-founder of Microsoft, reportedly shifted toward primarily offering hypersonic test support rather than space launch services, which makes this work especially relevant now.


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    Whatever happens, it's clear that Stratolaunch was interested in entering the hypersonic research and development space, which has expanded dramatically in recent years due to interest from the U.S. military, in particular, even before Paul Allen's death and the subsequent sale of the company and its announced movement away from the space launch sector.


    Link to story >>> https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/31903/stratolaunch-was-crafting-hypersonic-vehicles-before-its-official-pivot-to-high-speed-testing
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