Wednesday 5 October 2022 08:24 PM Moment giant 'slingshot' hurls payloads 25,000 feet above Earth's surface trends now

Wednesday 5 October 2022 08:24 PM Moment giant 'slingshot' hurls payloads 25,000 feet above Earth's surface trends now
Wednesday 5 October 2022 08:24 PM Moment giant 'slingshot' hurls payloads 25,000 feet above Earth's surface trends now

Wednesday 5 October 2022 08:24 PM Moment giant 'slingshot' hurls payloads 25,000 feet above Earth's surface trends now

The moment a massive slingshot-like accelerator that hurls payloads into the stratosphere with more force than a rocket launch has paved the way for a unique method to send satellites into low Earth orbit - and the feat could happen by 2026.

The suborbital accelerator, which stands four feet taller than the Statue of Liberty, features a rotating arm that rotates at 5,000 miles per hour and shoots projectiles 25,000 feet above Earth’s surface.

The facility is the brainchild of SpinLaunch, a company aiming to provide easy access to space, which is being developed it to send 440-pound satellites  200,000 feet above Earth's surface.

The test included payloads from NASA, Airbus, Cornell University and satellite maker Output Space and was conducted to see if such items could withstand 10,000 g - a rocket only has three g.

G-force, or gravitational force equivalent, is the measure of force and acceleration of an object.

The giant accelerator, which is taller than the Statue of Liberty, sits at Spaceport America in the Jornada del Muerto desert of New Mexico

The giant accelerator, which is taller than the Statue of Liberty, sits at Spaceport America in the Jornada del Muerto desert of New Mexico

It has a rotating arm that moves at 15,000 miles per hours, spinning payloads inside in order to hurl them at significant speeds

It has a rotating arm that moves at 15,000 miles per hours, spinning payloads inside in order to hurl them at significant speeds

Jonathan Yaney, founder and CEO of SpinLaunch, said in a statement: ‘Flight Test 10 represents a key inflection point for SpinLaunch, as we’ve opened the Suborbital Accelerator system externally for our customers, strategic partners, and research groups,

‘The data and insights collected from flight tests will be invaluable

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