The world’s largest aircraft that shortens distances at hypersonic speeds
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The world’s largest aircraft that shortens distances at hypersonic speeds

The world’s largest hypersonic aircraft with a wingspan wider than a football field has just been unveiled to the public.

The world’s largest airliner has carried a prototype Talon hypersonic jet into the skies for the first time – proving it could be used to launch superfast flights in the future.

A plane with a wingspan of 117 meters has been seen carrying a hypersonic vehicle into the air for the first time, bringing us one step closer to a supersonic rocket for commercial flights.

The Stratolaunch aircraft is capable of flying cargo at five times the speed of sound.

He took off over the Mojave Desert in California and flew for 5 hours and six minutes, reaching an altitude of 7,000 meters.

Dr Zachary Krevor, CEO of space company Stratolaunch, said: “Testing and production are accelerating as we push forward to fulfill our commitment to provide hypersonic flight test service to our customers next year. Our team will continue to achieve more complex test objectives as we progress towards our first hypersonic flight.”

The aircraft weighs around 230,000 kg, but can potentially take off carrying more than 589,000 kg.

It is almost twice the size of a Boeing-747 aircraft and is designed to one day launch hypersonic research vehicles into orbit.

Hypersonic flight is widely considered the next frontier for aviation and the private space industry, as it can drastically shorten flight times.

Both Russia and China are reportedly testing hypersonic missiles for military use, as is the United Kingdom, which launched its ‘killer penguin’ hypersonic weapons project earlier this year.

The technology could one day also be used for passenger flights, reducing the journey from England to Australia to just 3 hours.