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October 07, 2022

WE HAVE TO PRAY THIS THING DOESN'T FALL INTO THE HANDS OF TEENAGED BOYS

During the late September test out of the Spaceport America base located in New Mexico's Jornada del Muerto desert, the startup's 11-month-old mega-slingshot launched a capsule containing five payloads, including a camera, tens of thousands of feet into the sky — a demonstration that helps illustrate the ways "alternative" launch technology, such as the mass accelerator's rapidly-rotating arm, may be able to hurl satellites and other objects into low earth orbit or beyond.

(Thanks to Rodney Bertelsen, who says "Thus far seats not available.")

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Oh. "Geepers Mr. Wilson, looks like you lost an eye." OK.

The first satellite launch should start with the words: "Hey, hold my beer and watch this!"

I can't wait until Amazon discovers this! Can you imagine a book landing on your front porch at slightly less than the speed of sound?

Did we miss the inital test launches where large pumpkins were used as similated payloads? If so I feel let down, somehow.

If we can put a man on a motorcycle and jump over the Snake River Canyon, we can certainly find alternative ways to get somebody into space.

To quote "Chris in the Morning" from _Northern Exposure_, "It's not the thing you fling, it's the fling itself."

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