ALTERNATIVE ROCKET BUILDER SPINLAUNCH COMPLETES FIRST TEST FLIGHT.

"SpinLaunch, which is building an alternative way to get the spacecraft into orbit, made its first test flight of the prototype in New Mexico on 22 October 2021."

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SpinLaunch, which is building an alternative way to get the spacecraft into orbit, made its first test flight of the prototype in New Mexico on 22 October 2021.

The system works by attaching a rocket to a giant rotating arm in a vacuum-sealed centrifuge and spinning it several times.

The speed of sound is then released and shoots towards space with the ultimate plan being to return the orbital launch vehicle back to earth so it can be reused.

SpinLaunch was founded in 2014 and is part of a crowded field of firms trying to reduce the costs of launching.

SpinLaunch suggests that reducing fuel costs, one of the key barriers to affordable spaceflight, will make their system accessible to customers.

The kinetic energy-powered technology is seen as an environmentally friendly alternative to fuel-based rockets, although no details of its cost have been revealed.

The company is hoping its orbital vehicle will eventually be able to carry about 440lb which is 200kg of payload to orbit, which equates to a number of small satellites.

The successful test on October 22 involved a suborbital accelerator that is one third scale version of what SpinLaunch ultimately intends it to be.

That being said, at a height of about 165 feet tall than Statue of Liberty and is the size the company says it needs “to really prove the technology”.

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