I recall reading a few years(?) ago about a ballistic projectile technology development company that expressed interest in launch capability as well as applications closer to Earth.

In a comment below Fastest Manmade Object I've written

I'm sure I have a post about a cannon-launched ballistic device currently under development somewhere; I think they are looking at applications both pointing up towards space, and down for some kind of prospecting or geoengineering applications, but I can't find it right now.

I think there was some discussion of what kinds of electronics could work inside such a projectile at the very high accelerations involved.

Question: Does this company sound familiar, can someone find it? If it is done through locating an old post of mine that's fine; I've searched for 20 minutes and have had no success. Please update; are they still seriously looking at launching towards space?

Startups and small development companies are notorious for waxing optimistically when enumerating potential uses of their technology, so no need to remind in comments that you have to launch something which has a propulsion system of its own if you want to place something in orbit.



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Possibly Quicklaunch?

It was a gun-launched projectile startup, inactive since 2016.

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From their archived website

  • $\begingroup$ light gas gun technology sounds very familiar, the images I recall are a couple of engineers out in the desert with an actual apparatus (don't know if it operated or was for the photographer). They showed projectile (prototypes) like 1 meter long and 20 cm in diameter or something like that. What I am remembering is an effort that had or at least appeared to have activity well after 2016, but I'll bet it was based on this or very similar technology. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented May 21, 2021 at 2:50
  • $\begingroup$ this answer may be worth linking to as well $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented May 21, 2021 at 2:58

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