This is very likely. There's a well reasoned critique of the plan on YouTube, but it's in German. Maybe subtitles can help:"Every action has an equal, and opposite, reaction"
I can only imagine the massive forces at play at the point of release of the 'rocket' - the launcher itself is surely likely to immediately try to catastrophically dismantle itself with the shift of the CoG.
Great visuals, daft idea.Look at the video!
NASA TO TEST A MASSIVE SLINGSHOT FOR LAUNCHING SATELLITES INTO SPACEUsing a slingshot to launch things into space sounds like an ambitious Evel Knievel trick. But, later this year, NASA is doing just that—but with a payload. The space agency has partnered with space technology company SpinLaunch. In October 2021, the company completed the first slingshot test launch using its suborbital mass accelerator. Now, it’s setting its sights on NASA. And should it all work out, this could be a game-changing partnership that launches small rockets and satellites in a more sustainable manner.
NASA TO TEST A MASSIVE SLINGSHOT FOR LAUNCHING SATELLITES INTO SPACE
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California startup SpinLaunch recently performed the eighth demonstration of its suborbital mass accelerator, but unlike in previous tests, this flight vehicle was equipped with an onboard camera, providing an unprecedented view of the high-altitude launch.
This latest test happened on Friday, April 22, at the company’s 108-foot-wide (33-meter) suborbital mass accelerator in the New Mexico desert. Such tests are becoming routine for SpinLaunch, with the first demonstration of the kinetic launch system occurring last October. This time, however, the company did something new by strapping a camera, or “optical payload,” onto the 10-foot-long (3-meter) projectile. ...
Footage from the onboard camera shows the projectile hurtling upwards from the kinetic launch system at speeds in excess of 1,000 miles per hour (1,600 kilometers per hour). The flight lasted for 82 seconds, during which time the test vehicle reached an altitude of over 25,000 feet (7,620 meters), according to David Wrenn, vice president of technology at SpinLaunch. ...
The research and design work being dedicated to Starlab could also lead to advancements driving sustainability and greater design efficiencies for future hotel owners in space and on Earth.
Voyager and Hilton will partner in the areas of architecture and design, leveraging Hilton's word-class creative design and innovation experts, to develop Space Hospitality crew headquarters aboard Starlab, including communal areas, hospitality suites, and sleeping arrangements for the astronauts. Additionally, the teams will seek to explore opportunities together for longer-term efforts including the ground-to-space astronaut experience, global co-marketing and branding, and other tourism, educational, and commercial efforts.
I wouldn't be too overjoyed at the thought of 'Hilton' being involved in anything - they aren't the premium provider now that they once were."Hilton will bring the company's renowned hospitality expertise and experience to support the design and development of crew suites aboard Starlab,
Who is doing the inflatable space hotels thing? Is it Baz Bamigboye? I see they did a pressure test on an inflatable space thing recently, going up to a massive over-pressure until it failed catastrophically.