SpinLaunch Begins Testing Kinetic Launch System

SpinLaunch’s Suborbital Accelerator at Spaceport America is a testbed for a kinetic orbital launch system.
Credit: SpinLaunch
Mass drivers are a stock in trade in science fiction, a cheap and energy-efficient way to get payloads off a planet or moon. Now U.S. startup SpinLaunch has begun testing a variation of the idea, a kinetic launch system that uses a vacuum-sealed centrifuge to spin a projectile up to hypersonic speed...

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