Listen: Paul Allen, Evan Thomas And Founder discussed on Morning Edition
"That will hopefully change the way we send satellites into space. The streto launch took its first flight on Saturday. It's a six engine plane with a wingspan that's three hundred and eighty five feet wide making it the world's largest plane by wingspan to put that into perspective. The plane's wingspan is wider than the length of an entire American football field. It was overall fantastic. I honestly could not opposed for more on first light, especially airplane this complexity Evan Thomas was the pilot from Saturday's test flight and California's Mojave desert, I guess, we should say over the desert. He was speaking after the launch now eventually streto launch hopes to use this oversized wingspan as a launching pad from thirty five thousand feet at which point the rockets carrying commercial satellites would take off into orbit while the weekends test flight did not carry any rockets did carry a lot of weight for the company the flight took place without Paul Allen, the billionaire founder of Microsoft and straddle launches founder he died in October before getting the chance to witness this moment, never imagined. And the brands with alcohol standing next to me. And even though he wasn't there today as the plane lifted greatly from the runway did with break, thank you to call allowing me to be part of the remarkable achievement."