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The project of putting satellites into orbit using kinetic energy is well on its way. As SpinLaunch, the company behind this possible alternative to traditional rockets, prepares to launch a NASA payload later this year, it continues its demonstration program.

Over a little over six months, eight tests of the system have been carried out, but the last one, which took place on Friday, April 22, had a feature that made it special: the flight vehicle had a camera that recorded in detail the kinetic launch at speeds greater than 1,600 kilometers per hour, explains the company.

A camera on the projectile

As we can see in the video below, which allows us to see this feat of engineering from a unique angle (which may make us dizzy), SpinLaunch’s projectile shot out of the 33 meter wide suborbital mass accelerator and hit a altitude of more than 7,620 meters in a trip that lasted only 82 seconds.

Surprisingly, the A-33 accelerator is a scale version three times smaller than the throttle L100 with which SpinLaunch plans to put payloads into orbit with four times less fuel (since the vehicle has engines that are activated in the final leg of the mission to complete the flight).

In addition, SpinLaunch ensures that this launch system, by not requiring the costly infrastructure of traditional rocket systems, will allow payloads to be put into orbit at a very low price. The big question is whether the components of a satellite will be able to survive the high G-forces of the system.

Spin Launch 2

At the moment, the company seems confident in its project, although it has not revealed the place where it will build the L100 accelerator. He has only said that it will be located in “the coastal region of the United States”. In any case, construction should be completed before 2025year in which commercial releases should begin.

As we mentioned at the beginning, SpinLaunch and NASA reached an agreement last April to perform a suborbital launch and recovery of the reusable flight vehicle. It is a mission that will allow both organizations to analyze the test data “to evaluate future flight opportunities”.

Why use rockets when you can use kinetic energy: this is SpinLaunch's spectacular space launch system

Will we see SpinLaunch position itself as a viable alternative to SpaceX, United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Arianespace for satellite launch with its Kinetic Launch System? We don’t know, but while we wait we can enjoy the video of his technological commitment that could change the rules of the game in this industry.

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