Watch as SpinLaunch’s rocket-launching slingshot launches the Nasa payload 25,000 feet above the earth’s surface with a giant arm – the Irish sun

A HUGE slingshot has launched its first Nasa payload on a test flight that could pave the way for a new method of sending satellites into orbit.

Space technology company SpinLaunch’s groundbreaking orbital accelerator propels objects using a rotating carbon-fiber arm housed in a 300-foot-wide steel vacuum chamber.

SpinLaunch's spacecraft launch slingshot has completed its final test

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SpinLaunch’s spacecraft launch slingshot has completed its final testPhoto credit: YouTube/SpinLaunch
The massive structure is taller than the Statue of Liberty

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The massive structure is taller than the Statue of LibertyPhoto credit: YouTube/SpinLaunch

It is capable of hurling a launch vehicle carrying a satellite into the stratosphere at up to 5,000 miles per hour.

The technique is being touted as a cheap alternative to rocket launches, which cost tens of millions of dollars per flight.

The test, SpinLaunch’s tenth successful launch, was conducted on September 27 from Spaceport America in New Mexico.

It is part of a series of trials that will determine whether scientific payloads and satellites could survive the stress of the procedure.

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The test included payloads from NASA, Airbus, Cornell University and satellite manufacturer Output Space.

Jonathan Yaney, Founder and CEO of SpinLaunch, said, “Flight Test 10 represents a major game changer for SpinLaunch as we have opened up the Suborbital Accelerator system externally to our customers, strategic partners and research groups.

“The data and insights gleaned from flight testing will be invaluable both to SpinLaunch as we advance development of the Orbital Launch system, and to our customers who look to us to provide them with cost-effective, sustainable, high-cadence access offer to outer space.

The A-33 Suborbital Mass Accelerator System features a disk-shaped accelerator powered by a powerful electric engine.

It rotates payloads at thousands of miles per hour before releasing them through the launch tube at the top of the structure.

This can eliminate over 70 percent of the fuel and structures that make up a typical rocket.

The company uses existing industrial hardware and commonly available materials to construct the innovative accelerator system.

It is capable of hypersonic launch speeds without requiring major advances in materials science or technology.

The company announced in April that it had signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA.

The deal gives Nasa a spot on future flights to test their own payloads on the system.

A huge rotating arm launches payloads into orbit

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A huge rotating arm launches payloads into orbitPhoto credit: YouTube/SpinLaunch
The system is expected to launch small satellites into space from 2026

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The system is expected to launch small satellites into space from 2026Photo credit: YouTube/SpinLaunch

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