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13 things you need to know in tech today

By Tristan Rayner

The enormous Stratolaunch aircraft taking off on its first flight

Here’s your quick, fun, sometimes serious, and always interesting daily tech digest, by way of the DGiT Daily newsletter, for Monday, April 15, 2019!

1. Stratolaunch: The world’s largest ever aircraft took flight

The dream of the late Paul G. Allen finally came to pass over the weekend, with the successful initial flight of the Scaled Composites Stratolaunch – the world’s largest ever aircraft:

  • The six-engine aircraft has the world’s longest wingspan, at 385 ft (117 m), longer than a football field, and over 100 feet longer than any other plane.
  • The six Pratt & Whitney jet turbines are mounted forward of the wing, with 28 wheels to guide it to a landing.
  • Despite appearances, the twin-fuselage configuration is piloted from one cockpit, on the right. (The left remains unoccupied is not pressurized.)
  • Incredibly, it’s the first aircraft to surpass Howard Hughes’ “Spruce Goose” in terms of wingspan, which flew precisely once, for about a mile, back in 1947. (It was so named for being made almost entirely from birch.)
  • The Stratolaunch is able to carry a 550,000 lb (250t) payload.
  • The first flight reached a height of 15,000 ft (4,600m), at a speed of 165kn/189mph (305 km/h), for a 2 hour 29 min flight.
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    Source:: android authority


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