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The payload’s view during a Spinlaunch test

Spinlaunch prototype suborbital launcher
Spinlaunch’s prototype launcher

Capitalism in space: Spinlaunch has released a video showing what a Spinlaunch test launch looked like from the payload’s perspective.

I have embedded that video below. This was the company’s eighth test launch, all of which appear to have only gotten to about 30,000 feet or so. The payload camera does not turn on until the payload has been released and is ascending upward. Try to ignore the dramatic music, which of course is nothing but fake PR.

Three things are revealed. One, the acceleration at launch quickly drops as the payload ascends. Second, the payload’s wild spin appears intended, to help stabilize its flight. Third, its descent is slow, suggesting the release of parachutes.

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2 comments

  • Andrew_W

    This would work if launching from the Moon, using a long tether in a horizontal plain. I don’t see it working so we’ll from the bottom of a respectable atmosphere.

  • Concerned

    Cannon launch is a much more practical and scaleable concept with a much longer testing pedigree. See greenlaunch.space
    Silly pandering to the greenies in the name, but they’re playing the game and are building on a legacy going back to the 1960s.

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