(ORDO NEWS) — The American company Inversion Space is working on developing a capsule that will act like a suitcase and deliver goods anywhere in the world from space.
From packers and movers to cargo planes and drone deliveries, the world is moving in a new direction to deliver goods to your doorstep. Inversion is developing a capsule to deliver goods anywhere in the world from space.
Based in Los Angeles, the startup raised $10 million in 2021 in seed funding to develop a capsule to return goods from space to Earth. The company wants to build the first high-rpm return ship for the commercial and defense industries that can provide global delivery of materials and help resupply and return to the space station.
The company has developed a reusable capsule that will carry out round-the-world flights into space and not only return, but also deliver cargo to the International Space Station.
The company is working on developing a capsule more than a meter in diameter that will carry a payload equivalent to the size of several carry-on suitcases. The planned development period is 2025, but before that, engineers are testing a capsule with a diameter called Ray, which will act as a technology demonstrator.
Inversion recently tested a parachute for Ray, who ejected a saucer-like object from an airplane flying at an altitude of about 10,000 kilometers. When the spacecraft is fully developed, it will enter Earth’s upper atmosphere at 25 times the speed of sound.
The company told the New York Times that once it enters orbit, the capsule can move to a private commercial space station or stay in orbit powered by solar panels until a signal is received to return to Earth. Inversion in 2023 will showcase the technology with a small capsule.
With private players entering the space arena and launch costs falling, the company hopes that one day they will be able to launch and maintain hundreds or thousands of containers in orbit for five years. The demand for cargo carriers in space will grow as the number of private space stations in low Earth orbit grows.
Inversion plans to transfer technology to both the individual and the government based on established requirements. The capsule is designed to run on any commercial vehicle.
Some experts have expressed concerns about the applicability of this technology, since the packages can be used by the military to achieve their goals, and the contents of the cargo and its sender will be difficult to identify. Who knows what “surprise” awaits the recipient.
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