Paul Allens new satellite launching plane. It is huge.
With the specifically-shaped hanger and all, (along with the general unwieldiness of the plane itself) I am very much being reminded of this:
Very, very much.
Jeez. Now that was “Some Assembly Required” porn.
I have been interested in air launches since I heard about a company making tiny communications satellites launched from normal-sized airplanes. They were selling to the military for private communications at the time but the company folded in 2010 after their investment era lost their money in the recession.
Followed by the full launch sequences of all Thunderbirds. Most of FAB-1’s party tricks (plus aquaplanes) and the second launch of the second Zero-X after [plot incident that gets International Rescue involved.]
Gerry Anderson did atomic-age, bright-future, engineering porn, and by god, he knew it.
(Oh. And the front of the Zero-X becomes a lander-slash-mars-rover when it reaches Mars. That’s fun, too.)
(There’s also a paper-thin excuse to feature puppet musical performances by Cliff Richard and the Shadows partway in, too. It’s a hell of a movie (and all on YouTube) )
Just of think of how many snakes could fit on that plane…
So, do we assume that the rocket payload to take the satellite the rest of the way from jet liner cruising altitude, goes slung under the centre wing?
Oh, hey, look - the topic! Sorry @Daveb.
I believe that was how the linked video described it.
(Grins) I admit to missing that. Though that is the even-more-complex-than-usual Thunderbirds movie air/spaceship, not your common-or-garden flying-green-brick-with-stubby-wings.