December 1, 2022

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Throw in the sky. This is how NASA payloads will go to space

The idea is a bit crazy and reminiscent of the Middle Ages, because engineers suggested that satellites and other things should… be thrown like a catapult. In this way, it will be possible to reduce the use of rocket fuel required under the current conditions … well, quite a lot. As a result, the costs of the mission are increasing.

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Of course, theoretical considerations will be of little use if they are not followed up by practical experiments. For this reason, the aforementioned company launched the NASA payload into space, and then collected it and examined its contents. The goal was to find out if the overloads and speeds generated during unusual take-off had some effect on it.

NASA would like to use the system from SpinLaunch as early as 2026

The entire project took place in New Mexico on September 27, and a statement outlining its course was recently released on the web. A gyroscope, magnetometer, two accelerometers, and temperature and humidity sensors were supposed to help collect data at launch. As SpinLaunch representatives explain, the data and insights collected during the tests will be invaluable both for the further development of the Orbital Launch system and for customers who have been waiting for cheap and easy access to space.

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SpinLaunch’s first-ever technical test was conducted in November of last year. The starting system itself has been in development since 2015. The 33-meter orbital mass accelerator supplied by this company is a prototype, and in its final form, the orbital launch will be up to 100 meters. Its regular use should begin in 2026 at the latest. Everything is powered by an electric motor, and if you believe the assurances, this approach should reduce fuel consumption by 70 percent. The solution in question is also more environmentally friendly, using only a small rocket engine for the final distribution of the payload into orbit.

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