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Stratolaunch aims to fly mega-plane this summer

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Stratolaunch’s twin-fuselage plane catches the sun’s rays during a test outing. (Stratolaunch Photo)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch space company says it’s on track to conduct the first test flight of its mammoth airplane this summer, and use it to send rockets into orbit as early as 2020.

The status check came today during a background briefing here at the 34th Space Symposium, conducted under background-only conditions that precluded quoting sources by name.

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