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Stratolaunch taxi test
I had not heard of Stratolaunch until today. Paul Allen is backing this aerial launch system and Scaled Composites has built it. When it finally takes off, it will be the largest wingspan in service. But they don't seem to actually have a rocket to launch from it just yet. SpaceX was initially contracted to design the rocket, but backed out in 2012. Then Orbital ATK was to develop a "Pegasus II" rocket, but that went nowhere. Now they are saying it will use "multiple Pegasus XL" rockets, which at least is a vehicle that exists and has been in service for some time. But this aircraft has to get into the air before that, and Pegasus XL rockets are already being launched from aircraft, since that's what they were designed for. So... umm...