“A machine meant to hurl rockets into space.”

Space Catapult


Sun, Jun 17th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Bloomberg introduces us to SpinLaunch Inc., a California-based startup that wants to significantly reduce the cost of launching a rocket into space by quite literally hurling it into space. While the company is vague on how the system works, NextBigFuture states that it is based on the 1997 Derek Tidman Slingatron proposal. In other words, it can launch things such as satellites but nothing delicate—humans would not survive.

SpinLaunch’s so-called kinetic energy launch system would use electricity to accelerate a projectile and help do much of the dirty work fighting through gravity and the atmosphere. In theory, this means the company could build a simpler, less expensive rocket that’s more efficient at ferrying satellites. “Some people call it a non-rocket launch,” said Yaney. “It seems crazy. It seems fantastic. But we are actually using relatively low-tech industrial components to break this problem into manageable chunks.”



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