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Spinlaunch Suborbital Test Launch
Posted by: freeradical
Date: November 11, 2021 12:18PM
This thing is 300 feet tall, and only a 1/3rd scale mock up.


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A U.S. space launch start-up has, for the first time, demonstrated a kinetic-based system that’s intended one day to put small spacecraft into orbit. The SpinLaunch concept, which feels ripped right from the classic age of science fiction, is based around a vacuum-sealed centrifuge that spins an unpowered projectile at several times the speed of sound before releasing it, hurling it into the upper atmosphere, and ultimately into orbit. In this way, the company, based in Long Beach, Calif., hopes to challenge traditional rockets for putting payloads into space.

The first test flight of a prototype — a so-called suborbital accelerator — took place at Spaceport America in New Mexico on October 22, but the company only announced the milestone yesterday.

The system uses a vacuum chamber within which a rotating arm brings a projectile up to very high speed without any drag penalty, before hurling it into the atmosphere “in less than a millisecond,” according to the company, as a port opens for a fraction of a second to release the projectile. A counterbalance spins in the opposite direction to prevent the system from becoming unbalanced. The vacuum seal stays in place until the projectile breaks through a membrane at the top of the launch tube.
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Re: Spinlaunch Suborbital Test Launch
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: November 11, 2021 01:00PM
That would give passengers an E-ticket ride.



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Re: Spinlaunch Suborbital Test Launch
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 11, 2021 02:07PM
Saw that the other day, 10,000 Gs. lol.





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Re: Spinlaunch Suborbital Test Launch
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: November 11, 2021 02:12PM
High-tech trebuchet.
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Re: Spinlaunch Suborbital Test Launch
Posted by: GGD
Date: November 11, 2021 04:47PM
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jdc
Saw that the other day, 10,000 Gs. lol.

So, launching humans is unlikely. I wonder if many satellites are constructed to withstand that sort of force.
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Re: Spinlaunch Suborbital Test Launch
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: November 11, 2021 06:16PM
According to Scott Manley, most consumer electronics can endure those forces.

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Re: Spinlaunch Suborbital Test Launch
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 11, 2021 09:25PM
Rail gun. Not very practical, it seems.



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Re: Spinlaunch Suborbital Test Launch
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: November 12, 2021 07:20AM
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Speedy
Rail gun. Not very practical, it seems.

Rail guns are magnetic. This accelerates an object radially to Mach 1 or more and flings it vertical, more like a big slingshot.



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Re: Spinlaunch Suborbital Test Launch
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 12, 2021 07:32AM
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Speedy
Rail gun. Not very practical, it seems.

Rail guns are magnetic. This accelerates an object radially to Mach 1 or more and flings it vertical, more like a big slingshot.

Thanks!



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