Space Goose’s Nest Grows in the Mojave

The Stratolaunch hangar continues to take shape at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. With the rear of the hangar assembled, beams are being put up for the front section which must be wide enough to accommodate a plane with a 385-foot wingspan.

Stratolaunch will build the world’s largest aircraft from composite materials. It will use a smaller version of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to air-launch satellites into orbit.

The venture is being backed by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen.

Stratolaunch will have two buildings at the spaceport. The first structure, which has been completed, can be seen on the left in the upper photo and in the foreground below.