Rocket bound for ISS blasts off from Va. shore

A fresh grocery shipment rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday after launching from Virginia’s seashore. Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket blasted off from Wallops Island. (April 17)

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Flying behemoth: 6-engine air monster’s initial flight

With twin fuselages and a wing of a size of a football field, the gigantic ‘Stratolaunch’ plane is designed to make propelling rockets into space easier and cheaper than traditional ground-based launch pads.

Built by California-based company Scaled Composites (owned by Northrop Grumman), the ginormous plane is designed to ferry rockets and various types of spacecraft into orbit.

On Friday, it successfully completed its first test flight, flying for two-and-a-half hours above the California’s Mojave Desert without an issue.

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Courtesy: Stratolaunch Systems Corp

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