Satellites could soon be catapulted into space with a revolutionary new launch system. Spaceflight technology firm SpinLaunch’s groundbreaking A-33 Suborbital Mass Accelerator acts like a giant slingshot and accelerate a launch vehicle containing a satellite up to 5,000 miles per hour using a rotating carbon-fiber-arm within a 300-ft diameter steel vacuum chamber. By doing so, over 70 percent of the fuel and structures that make up a typical rocket can be eliminated. The technology has already undergone early tests that launched a vehicle at supersonic speeds - catching the eye of experts at NASA who have signed a Space Act Agreement to develop and test the system with the first orbital test launches are planned for 2025.
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