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Stratolaunch, founded in 2011 by Paul G. Allen, is developing an air-launch platform to make access to space more convenient, reliable, and routine. We believe that normalizing access to low Earth orbit (LEO) has the potential to redefine our lives by creating more opportunities for commercial, philanthropic and governmental organizations to collect rich and actionable data and drive advancements in science, research, and technology from space.

Learn more about Paul Allen’s vision for space here.

Stratolaunch is the world’s largest aircraft by wingspan and is the largest all-composite plane ever built. Utilizing six Boeing 747 engines for a payload capacity of over 500,000 lbs. and an operational range of approximately 2,000 nautical miles, Stratolaunch is capable of delivering payloads to multiple orbits and inclinations in a single mission.

Stratolaunch’s reusability and air-launch capabilities enable us to take an airport-style approach to operations for launch services. Stratolaunch will take off from a runway, rather than a logistically vulnerable fixed range, which allows us to avoid hazards such as inclement weather, airborne traffic and heavy marine activity. Stratolaunch’s airborne launch platform significantly reduces the risk of costly delays or cancellations.

Stratolaunch is currently under construction at the Mojave Air & Space Port in Mojave, Calif. We aim to be fully operational by the end of this decade.

Dual Fuselages

The right fuselage houses the flight crew and the left fuselage contains flight data systems.
Center Wing

The reinforced center wing provides lift, stability, and an attachment point for multiple payloads with a combined max weight of more than 500,000 lbs.

Stratolaunch’s six 747 engines provide a reliable and reusable platform capable of frequent flights and airport-style operations.

With the largest wingspan of any plane ever assembled, Stratolaunch’s 385-foot wingspan is longer than an American football field.