Peeking out of an extra-large, custom airplane hangar earlier this month, Stratolaunch secured its place as the world’s largest ever airplane. Unlike traditional rocket launchers, Stratolaunch will release rockets from the air, not from the ground.
It may be nearly half a century old, but Airbus isn’t resting on its laurels. The aircraft manufacturer has been churning out one cutting edge idea after another as it aims to define the future of flight (and do it before Boeing gets there first).
When SpaceX successfully launched and landed its pre-flown Falcon 9 rocket back in March, there was no avoiding the excitement. There hasn’t been so much buzz around a space endeavor in decades. But why? Read our breakdown.