Scaled Composites’ Stratolaunch is the largest airplane in existence by wingspan, which is an insane 385 feet. It needs to be this big because this twin-fusalage’d aircraft isn’t really an aircraft at all—it’s an airborne rocket launching pad. This taxi test of the plane gives a good sense of just how huge this thing…
Vaporware is common in aviation. Bold claims about futuristic aircraft tend to never materialize. But when the legendary Burt Rutan reveals a new project, we take him at his word. This week he revealed the SkiGull amphibian, his personal dream plane, which could be one of the most versatile flying machines ever.
Yesterday morning, an unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 v. 1.1 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) exploded shortly after launch. While this is a setback to SpaceX, we have to view it in the context of a series of failures that have plagued commercial spaceflight in the last year.
Aviation pioneer Burt Rutan officially retired in April, but his last creation was unveiled Sunday: a hybrid-electric roadable aircraft that's already taken a few short hops in testing. It's real, but not quite real enough.