It can be hard to imagine a delicate satellite surviving a kinetic launch. Intuition suggests that they would need to be heavy, expensive, and have compromised performance. Yet through basic mechanical design, prototyping, and high-g testing, SpinLaunch has proven that standard materials and processes can be used to readily build satellites for kinetic launch that perform as well as their conventional counterparts.
The centripetal high-g environment is unique and few testing environments exist. Leveraging the SpinLaunch 12-meter and 33-meter accelerators, which are capable of spinning hardware to 10,000g and up to five times a day, SpinLaunch engineers rapidly iterate through many design-analyze-build-test cycles to optimize satellite components for the centripetal environment.
SpinLaunch is engineering a variety of efficient satellite chassis, which require no more than a 10% increase in mass compared to those designed for the traditional launch environment. Satellite structures optimized for the high-g environment are readily analyzed with finite element modeling with predictions that closely match real-world testing, allowing for rapid iteration and development. The net result is a family of structural components that are ready-to-use with little to no impact to mass or cost. Our Space Systems team offers engineering support to customers developing SpinLaunch compatible satellite architectures.
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