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World's biggest airplane takes flight for first time over Mojave desert

CBS News Sunday, 14 April 2019
The 500,000-pound Stratolaunch jet took off for the first time ever for a two-hour flight over California's Mojave desert. It's designed as a flying launch pad for as many as three satellite-laden rockets. CBS News space consultant Bill Harwood joins CBSN to explain why this launch is a benefit to the U.S. in the ongoing space race.
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A look at the figures behind the 'world's biggest plane'. Built by Stratolaunch, it took its maiden flight over the Mojave Desert in Los Angeles on April 13. The aircraft is designed to act as a flying launch pad for satellites.

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