NASA is ready to test a catapult that launches objects into space at a speed of 5,000mph. Here’s all about it
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 18 April 2022, at 09:00 am Los Angeles time
NASA is ready to develop and test a catapult that can throw objects (satellites, missions, etc.) into space with an amazing speed of 5000mph.
With this new invention, NASA will save a lot of money that was invested in each mission for the launch procedures. Thanks to this new launch mechanism's performance system and technology, it will also save time.
NASA will probably not give up the spacecraft launch system completely, even if this new system will allow it to launch satellites, catapulting them into space.
How does it work?
Inside this giant launch system, there is a carbon fiber arm of approx. 91 meters. It rotates and gives the object an immense speed, propelling it into space.
By doing so, the satellites will use a small amount of propulsion to synchronize in orbit.
The initial project announced by NASA is for the system to be able to launch the objects into the stratosphere (up to 50 km above the Earth). From there, the satellite or launched object will go into the desired orbit at the desired altitude.
NASA will collaborate with SpinLaunch to make this project.
"SpinLaunch is offering a unique suborbital flight and high-speed testing service, and the recent launch agreement with NASA marks a key inflection point as SpinLaunch shifts focus from technology development to commercial offerings." CEO of SpinLaunch Jonathan Yaney said.
"What started as an innovative idea to make space more accessible has materialized into a technically mature and game-changing approach to launch."