SpinLaunch seeks to launch payload into orbit without the need for rockets: with a giant centrifuge.
NASA has announced that it will test the SpinLaunch company’s rocketless launch system , a unique initiative in the industry.
The test flight, expected later this year, “will provide valuable information to NASA for potential future commercial launch opportunities,” SpinLaunch representatives said in an emailed statement.
What is SpinLaunch about?
SpinLaunch doesn’t have rockets to send cargo into space, but rather a steel vacuum chamber about 300 feet in diameter.
A payload attached to an internal carbon fiber arm is spun at a speed of 8,000 kilometers per hour before being released and shot out of the stack into space.
The company completed its first public test of its suborbital mass accelerator in October.
SpinLaunch was founded in 2014 to develop an alternative to conventional rockets to reach beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, warning its creators that it can be done with less than 30% of the fuel and structures of a typical launch.
SpinLaunch has already made a series of test flights from New Mexico’s America spaceport using its suborbital accelerator. The company aims to launch its first orbital test flights in 2025. This initiative is not designed for astronauts, but for inexpensive payload launches like small satellites.