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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Spacebridge is a project that documents the necessary steps to produce a cheap and easy deployment platform for lofting instrumentation and photographic equipment into the stratosphere. We approach this project with a heavy slant towards education, with a hope to bring science education away from something that you know because of a dusty old book, to a hands on experience.
The Spacebridge project is run out of the Noisebridge hacker cumminity, a non-profit educational corporation for public benefit provides an infrastructure for technical-creative projects.
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 hacked 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.
Video Log of SPACEBGE
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|SpacebridgeAlpha||2010.02.07||Success||kml and sensor data||Flight Images preparation/launch||Inaugural SpaceBridge Launch|
|SpaceBridgeBeta||2010.03.27||Failed||N/A||preparation/launch 1 preparation/launch 2||Failed due to lack of helium|
|SpaceBridgeGamma||2010.05.01||Failed||N/A||N/A||meeting notes launch failure due to high wind|
|SpaceBridgeDelta||2010.06.05||Success||Icarus Log||Collection||meeting notes|
|SpaceBridgeZeta||2010.11.13||Success||Icarus Log Icarus GPS Log||Collection||Dawn launch|
|SpaceBridgeEta||2011.08.27||Partial Success||meeting notes|
|SpaceBridgeTheda||TDB||In Progress||meeting notes|
- Onboard Equipment List
- Pre-flight CheckList
- Spacedroid (Spacebridge Alpha & Spacebridge Beta)
- SpaceBridge comprehensive TODO list
- Camera data such as battery run time etc.
- New payload bus
- Post-beta meeting (Mar. 30, 2010)
- 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)
- Hackerspaces In Space weather balloon payload challenge
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: