Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the hackerspace Noisebridge, our ongoing mission to explore strange (yet economically priced) new ascent technologies; to seek out new parts and new partnerships; to boldly go where no non-government-or-massively-industrially-funded-group has gone before.
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The Spacebridge project can be broken up into 3 parts. The payload delivery system, payload bus, and the payload itself.
The delivery system is currently a meteorological weather balloon that lofts our system about 100k feet into the air (commercial airlines fly at around 32k feet). The system also includes flight lights for increased visibility, a radar reflector dish for visibility by radar tracking systems, and a four foot parachute to help slow the decent.
The payload bus is an environmentally protecting enclosure that keeps all the payload items secure and in a known orientation and attached to necessary ports. It also protects the electronic equipment from the cold (it's around -30 degrees up there).
Lastly, we have the payload itself. We currently loft 2 cameras that have been hack so that custom software can be run on them. We also send up an android cell phone which records accelerometer, magnetometer and GPS data, and text messages me the GPS data for our recovery. We also send up a secondary tracking system that consists of a commercial GPS tracking system, an opentracker (a custom made system to convert the GPS signals into APRS data packets) and a ham radio to transmit those data packets.
|SpacebridgeAlpha||Spacedroid||2010.02.07||Success||Inaugural SpaceBridge Launch||Pictures, kml and sensor data Pictures from onboard camera Photos of launch/team|
|SpaceBridgeBeta||Spacedroid||2010.03.27||Failed||Failed due to lack of helium||Photos of launch/team|
|SpaceBridgeGamma||Spacedroid||2010.05.01||Failed||meeting notes||high wind is bad for launching balloons in|
|SpaceBridgeDelta||Spacedroid||2010.06.05||Success||meeting notes||Photos from upwards camera|
|SpaceBridgeEpsilon||Spacedroid||2010.06.26||Success||Night launch||Photos from onboard camera|
- Spacedroid (Spacebridge Alpha & Spacebridge Beta)
- Hackerspaces In Space weather balloon payload challenge
- Post-beta meeting (Mar. 30, 2010)
- Pre-flight CheckList
- APRS - amateur radio position reporting plans, ideas and execution
- SpaceBridgeFleet - Establishing a flight protocol to enable a more modular and streamlined launch
- Spacebridge inaugural meeting (Dec. 20, 2009)
- Onboard Equipment List
Spacehack.org -- http://spacehack.org - a directory of ways to participate in space exploration (created by Ariel Waldman)
HAIP Automatons -- http://spaceballoonproject.blogspot.com -- Group that merged their project with Spacebridge.
Space Tourism Society -- http://www.spacetourismsociety.org -- Designing the Orbital Lifestyle
Space Frontier Foundation -- http://spacefrontier.org/ -- Advancing NewSpace
JP Aerospace -- http://jpaerospace.com/ -- Leaders in Balloon Launch Services
Virgin Galactic -- http://www.virgingalactic.com/ -- Sub-orbital joyrides for a mere $200,000
ZeroG Corporation -- http://www.gozerog.com/ -- Awesome Zero gravity airplane rides
Space Adventures -- http://www.spaceadventures.com/ -- The real thing: private rides to the International Space Station!
Bigelow Aerospace -- http://www.bigelowaerospace.com/ -- A real space hotel company. They have TWO prototypes in orbit!
Tripoli Rocketry Association -- http://www.tripoli.org/ -- Long time amateur rocket club
LUNAR -- http://www.lunar.org/ -- Bay Area Rocketry club
AMSAT -- http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/history.php -- A Brief History of Amateur Satellites
CubeSat -- http://cubesat.org/index.php/workshops/past-workshops -- Past workshops include presentations in PDF
N-Prize -- http://www.n-prize.com/ -- Like the X-Prize but much smaller and less well known.
Copenhagen Suborbitals -- http://www.copenhagensuborbitals.com/index.php -- Danish non-profit suborbital space endeavor.
NASA Lunar Regolith Challenge:
White Knight 2 Rollout:
2008 Yuri's Night Bay Area:
2007 X PRIZE Cup:
HAIP Automaton's first launch: