The American company Inversion Space is working on the development of a capsule that will serve as a suitcase and deliver goods anywhere in the world from space.
The company has developed a reusable capsule that will be able to travel back and forth in space. (Photo: Investment Space)
From packers and movers to cargo planes and drone deliveries, the world is heading in a new direction for home cargo delivery. A new startup has bigger plans than an airplane and a drone – a space capsule to deliver goods around the world. Dubbed Inversion, the year-old company 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 re-entry capsule to return cargo from space to Earth. The company wants to build the first high-speed return vehicle for the commercial and defense industries, capable of providing global delivery of supplies and assisting in Space Station resupply and return.
The company has developed a reusable capsule that will be able to fly back and forth in space and not only return but also deliver cargo to the International Space Station. As Nasa plans to ramp up launches and private players become the drivers of space exploration in the new decade, the reusable capsule could find significant business in the new space market.
The company is working on developing a four-foot-diameter capsule that will carry a payload equivalent to the size of a few carry-on suitcases. The planned development timeline is 2025, however, before that, engineers are testing a 1.5-foot-diameter capsule dubbed Ray that will serve as a technology demonstrator.
Inversion recently performed a parachute test for Ray. (Photo: Inversion)
Inversion recently performed a parachute test for Ray, when he launched the saucer-shaped object out of a plane flying at 30,000 feet. When fully expanded, the spacecraft will hit Earth’s upper atmosphere 25 times faster than the speed of sound, relying on those parachutes for a soft landing.
The company told The New York Times that once in orbit, the capsule could head to a private commercial space station or remain in orbit powered by solar panels until ordered to return to earth. Inversion will demonstrate the technology with a small capsule in 2023.
With private players entering the space arena and launch costs falling, the company hopes to one day be able to launch and sustain hundreds or thousands of containers in orbit for up to five years. The demand for cargo carriers to space is expected to increase with the arrival of private space stations in low Earth orbit.
Inversion hopes to present to both private and government as needed and the capsule has been designed to be launched on any utility vehicle.