While self-made multi-billionaire Richard Branson adds to his legacy with his Virgin Galactic endeavor, and while Elon Musk uses his fortune to create Tony Stark-like transportation, there are still people who are on the forefront of technology while on a limited budget. One such contraption created with limited means is the Slingatron. It is said that it will be the cheapest way yet to send payloads into space, at least after a working prototype is finalized which can take more than a few grams.
I have always enjoyed the progression of space technologies. It’s exciting, and it brings us closer to a limitless world where nothing binds this heavenly orb we are all currently living on. When the Slingatron, from HyperV Technologies Corp., is finalized and proven to be working, we could possibly send payloads into space that will allow us to build the Death Star if we want. We’ll be able to do it without breaking even the smallest of space exploration budgets available today, at least when it comes to fueling the payloads into space.
It would be ludicrous for me to sit here and pretend I knew what this thing is or even how it works. All I know is that the Slingatron uses centrifugal force to get the payload up to such speeds as it takes to fling something into space when it’s released. There are a couple of ways it can do this, but the most effective and energy saving way seems to use the spiral approach, as explained in the video.
I would like to say that the Slingatron is a safe bet, or even a done deal, but that is not exactly the case. There are a lot of things that have to be tinkered and worked out. But in theory, and of course in the previous prototypes, things are looking up for the concept that this is based upon. In order for the developers to create a bigger and badder Slingatron, they are looking to crowdsource their awesome innovation.
The team needs to raise $250,000 within 24 days, which is something that is definitely possible. However, in order for them to be able to do this, they are in need of your help and your pledges. If you are interested in sponsoring space technology, hop over to their Kickstarter page and pledge. It could come to be the cheapest way for humans to explore space in the future.