Together with SpinLaunch, the space agency is developing a new system for launching objects into space.
SpinLaunch has discovered a way to reduce the costs of launching rockets tenfold. To achieve this, it plans to abandon the traditional stage system of rockets. Instead, the company intends to create an installation that works on a similar principle to a catapult: the modules spun in a special centrifuge will simply be thrown to the space border.
Afterwards, the object will discard the protective shell made from hydrocarbon fibre, and the propulsion engine will be started. According to the company representatives, the innovation will help reduce fuel consumption by 70% and avoid building expensive "disposable" stages for the launch vehicle.
Due to excessively high acceleration, this approach will only be suitable for unmanned launches. Additionally, the payload limit is 220 kg. However, this should be enough for small commercial satellites. NASA has already signed a contract with the company to prepare a test vehicle to assess this innovative technology.
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