Patents Assigned to SpinLaunch Inc.
  • Patent number: 10202210
    Abstract: A mass accelerator for launching objects, such as a payload, via rotational acceleration is disclosed. The system may comprise a chamber maintained at near vacuum pressure, a motor that rotates a hub attached to a tethered projectile in a circular motion inside the vacuum chamber, accelerating the payload until the payload reaches a desired launch speed. The payload may be released from the tether upon reaching the desired launch speed and may exit the chamber through an exit port that is opened briefly to allow the payload to exit. In various embodiments, the circular mass acceleration system can be used to launch a payload into space orbit. By employing rotational acceleration via a mechanical approach, the acceleration system provides a cost-effective reusable system for launching objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SpinLaunch Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Yaney
  • Patent number: 10059472
    Abstract: A mass acceleration system for launching objects, such as a projectile or launch vehicle, via rotational acceleration is disclosed. The system may comprise a chamber maintained at near vacuum pressure, a motor that rotates a hub attached to a tethered projectile in a circular motion inside the vacuum chamber, accelerating the projectile until the projectile reaches a desired launch speed. The projectile may be released from the tether upon reaching the desired launch speed and may exit the chamber through an exit port that is opened briefly to allow the projectile to exit. In various embodiments, the circular mass acceleration system can be used to launch a projectile into space orbit. By employing rotational acceleration via a mechanical approach, the acceleration system provides a cost-effective reusable system for launching objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: SpinLaunch Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Yaney