An Alabama-based defense contractor recently pitched the Defense Department on using the largest drone in the world to shoot satellites into space.
The unmanned aerial vehicle, called the Ravn X Autonomous Launch Vehicle, would carry satellites up to 220 pounds.
After reaching the appropriate location and altitude, a rocket deployed from the drone would take the satellite into low-earth orbit, and the Ravn would return to its hanger.
Aevum, which was founded in 2016 and reports over $1 billion in defense contracts, claims the aircraft is designed to put satellites into space every 2.5 hours.
The Ravn has a 60-foot wingspan and weighs 55,000 pounds.