The SpinLaunch Suborbital Accelerator recently completed its eighth flight test, where the company’s engineering launched their first optical camera payload aboard a 3-meter flight test vehicle. It was launched into the atmosphere at more than a thousand miles per hour, and the digital camera system will help SpinLaunch integrate complex payloads into future flight test vehicles.
When the full-sized Orbital Accelerator is complete, it will spin up to 5,000mph prior to releasing the launch vehicle. For comparison, the 1/3 scale Suborbital Accelerator they are currently using has conducted tests at six times the speed of sound (4,603mph). For those wondering, the launch does create a sonic boom, but no more than a traditional rocket lifting off. It won’t be long until SpinLaunch will send lunar probes to the Moon, like China’s Chang’e-5.
- Bring to life the rocket launch that took humans to the moon with the meter-high (approximately 1: 110 scale) model rocket of the NASA Apollo Saturn V
- The Saturn V rocket kit includes 3 removable rocket stages (first, s-ii second, and s-ivb third) below the launch escape system, command and service module; Plus, there are 2 minifigures to accompany the Lunar Lander and splashdown rocket toy
- After building the Saturn V rocket, you can display the spacecraft horizontally with 3 stands; The Lunar Lander docks with the command and service modules while the Lunar Orbiter sends the rocket into space
- Recreate space adventures with this NASA toy and action figures based off of the included booklet about the manned Apollo Moon missions and the fan designers of this build and play set
- This spaceship toy measures over 39-inches (100cm) high and 6-inches (17cm) in diameter; It includes 1,969 pieces and is ideal for boys and girls 14 years or older
Comprised of the key components needed for the Orbital Launch System, the Suborbital Accelerator is a critical steppingstone in SpinLaunch’s path to orbit and providing customers with low-cost, sustainable access to space,” said the company.