Conceptually, this is the same plan as WhiteKnight and SpaceShipTwo. Practically, it’s far far more ambitious, because the carrier plane would be the largest commercial aircraft ever, outmassing even the Antonov cargo haulers from Russia. Utilizing six Boeing 747 engines and twin fuselages, this is going to be one massive undertaking. But given it’s Paul Allen, Burt Rutan/Scaled Composites, and SpaceX, there’s a high possibility of success.
- Resurrecting Project Orion
- ‘Super-Earth’ in a Triple Star System