NASA collaborates with SpinLaunch to test an innovative mass accelerator launch system — a slingshot to send payloads to space

NASA collaborates with SpinLaunch to test an innovative mass accelerator launch system — a slingshot to send payloads to space
  • SpinLaunch and NASA signed an agreement to test the mass accelerator launch system.
  • The whole operation is based on a kinetic energy launch system.
  • Watch the first test launch below.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has joined hands to send a payload by using a suborbital kinetic energy system with California-based company SpinLaunch. The test flight is expected to happen later this year. With the test flight, NASA aims to gain valuable information about potential future commercial space launch opportunities. This collaboration is funded by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate at the agency’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

SpinLaunch completed the test of its suborbital mass accelerator in October and following this year NASA has joined hands to try out the huge centrifugal slingshot later this year. Check out the SpinLaunch suborbital accelerator's first launch below.

Founder and CEO of SpinLaunch, Jonathan Yaney said, “SpinLaunch is offering a unique suborbital flight and high-speed testing service, and the recent launch agreement with NASA marks a key inflexion point as SpinLaunch shifts focus from technology development to commercial offerings,” He added, this innovative idea was started with an aim to make space more accessible through game-changing launch technologies.

SpinLaunch— sustainable access to space
SpinLaunch was founded in 2014 by Jonathan Yaney with the aim of sustainable and easy access to space. It uses a revolutionary kinetic launch system that accelerates the launch vehicle up to 2000 miles per hour by using a rotating carbon fiber arm along with a 300-ft diameter steel vacuum chamber. The use of potential kinetic energy will eliminate 70 percent of fuel and rocket structure. Once the rocket has reached above the stratosphere the small rocket engine will provide the final required velocity and positioning.


In October 2021, SpinLaunch test-fired its first operation. Since then suborbital has conducted a number of test flights with a variety of payloads and speeds at Spaceport America, Mexico. SpinLaunch plans to perform its first orbital test flight by 2025.

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