As AC/DC once sang, "It's a long way to the top if you want to rock 'n' roll." Replace "rock 'n'" with "rocket," and you'll get a sense of the challenge long facing engineers and scientists: how to most efficiently move rockets the huge distance from the Earth's surface into the stratosphere. The question has become even more pressing as commercial space travel and permanent human colonies in outer space move out of the realm of science fiction and become an inevitability. Entrepreneur and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Stratolaunch represents the next step in that journey: it's a massive aircraft designed to make launching rockets into space easier and more practical.
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Written by Curiosity Staff June 15, 2017
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