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2022-10-07 Science & Technology
Moment giant 'slingshot' hurls payloads 25,000 feet above Earth's surface: Colossal accelerator with an arm that spins 5,000 miles per hour is set to launch satellites into orbit by 2026
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Posted by Skidmark 2022-10-07 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [10814 views ]  Top

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Posted by Skidmark 2022-10-07 06:42||   2022-10-07 06:42|| Front Page Top

#2 Those future satellites better be prepped for way more mechanical stress than the current ones.

Hurling a steel rod with fins isn't the same as hurling sensitive motors and electronics.
Posted by Mullah Richard 2022-10-07 06:53||   2022-10-07 06:53|| Front Page Top

#3 Scale it down and we have an illegal alien repatriator
Posted by Frank G 2022-10-07 07:19||   2022-10-07 07:19|| Front Page Top

#4 Now I know what I want done with my urn of ashes.
Posted by Skidmark 2022-10-07 08:42||   2022-10-07 08:42|| Front Page Top

#5 25k' is good but still way, way short of orbital
Posted by Lord Garth 2022-10-07 10:35||   2022-10-07 10:35|| Front Page Top

#6 Just looked at various websites discussing SpinLaunch


The SpinLaunch plan is to achieve a high suborbital position with the slingshot and then smaller rockets on the projectiles would carry them to orbit
Posted by Lord Garth 2022-10-07 14:25||   2022-10-07 14:25|| Front Page Top

#7 It's feasible. But the math and engineering are very tricky.
Posted by Secret Master  2022-10-07 15:22||   2022-10-07 15:22|| Front Page Top

#8 😁 for #3
Posted by Dron66046 2022-10-07 15:51||   2022-10-07 15:51|| Front Page Top

#9 and we can use it to take out keep castle or great walls sally forth morons!
Posted by Sluse Grealet9429 2022-10-07 17:09||   2022-10-07 17:09|| Front Page Top

#10 Want height and speed before firing the rocket engines? Use an airplane mothership. Pegasus

That way you won't have to design the rocket and payload like an artillery shell.
Posted by Snash Shairt9621 2022-10-07 18:10||   2022-10-07 18:10|| Front Page Top

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