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Stratolaunch Images: Paul Allen's Giant Rocket-Launching Plane

Stratolaunch Maximizes Launch Flexibility

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This image shows the giant aircraft that will be used to launch private spacecraft carrying cargo and people into orbit on flights by Stratolaunch Systems, a venture unveiled by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen on Dec. 13, 2011.

Stratolaunch Systems Mega-Plane

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This image shows the planned Stratolaunch Systems carrier aircraft.

Stratolaunch Systems Aircraft Releases Rocket

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An artist's impression of the Stratolaunch Systems carrier aircraft releasing a rocket.

Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft Revealed

Stratolaunch Systems

A labeled look at the colossal carrier aircraft planned by Stratolaunch Systems to launch rockets and space capsules into Earth orbit.

Stratolaunch Could Deliver Payloads to Orbit

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A video still by Stratolaunch Systems indicates they can deliver manned spacecraft and unmanned payloads to orbit.

Stratolaunch Systems: Giant Air-based Rocket Launch Pad

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This image released by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Stratolaunch Systems spotlights the company's giant twin-boom aircraft launch pad for private spaceflights.

Stratolaunch Powered by Six 747 Engines

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A video still by Stratolaunch Systems indicates their aircraft will be powered by six 747 engines.

Stratolaunch Gross Weight: Over 1.2 Million Pounds

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A video still by Stratolaunch Systems indicates their aircraft will possess a gross weight of over 1.2 million pounds.

Stratolaunch Systems: Giant Air-based Rocket Launch Pad

Stratolaunch Systems

This image released by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Stratolaunch Systems spotlights the company's giant twin-boom aircraft launch pad for private spaceflights.

Stratolaunch Systems Cargo

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The image shows the space plane can carry a heavy load of cargo.

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