[Space] Spacebridge micro-satellite

Matt Everingham matt.everingham at gmail.com
Tue Dec 22 12:16:05 PST 2009


Space Systems Loral (in Palo Alto) does have the options of purchasing
real estate on a geosynchronous satellite as a guest payload.  Your
guest payload still needs to survive launch and the deep space
environment, but it would probably be cheaper than a free flying
system.  This might be out of reach as an immediate pursuit but could
go on a list of future potential projects.
http://www.ssloral.com/html/payload/hosted_payload.html

Matt




On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 11:35 AM, Mikolaj Habryn <dichro at rcpt.to> wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 8:49 AM, Glen Jarvis <glen at glenjarvis.com> wrote:
>> I mentioned that my old school was involved in a project to create a
>> micro-satellite. Ours were to be launched for us if we won the competition:
>> http://news.mst.edu/2004/03/students_create_tethered_satel.html
>> I'm thinking, do you think we can actually do our own launch? Is that even
>> possible some day?
>
> Hitching a lift on somebody else's commercial launch or paying
> commercial rates makes it possible now, as I understand it, and
> somebody on Sunday mentioned that there were amateur groups working on
> 400,000 ft altitude rockets there, which is technically space as well.
> Expensive, though.
>
>> The Mrs. Sat micro-satellite was small enough to fit in a
>> micro-wave oven, but I don't know how much she weighed.
>> There were lot of hurdles to get past (like how to resolve the problem of
>> cosmic waves changing bits in the computer - a big *big* problem that far
>> out in space).. --  A lot of redundancy and checksum'ing  was discussed when
>> I last heard from the team working on this.
>> I know this is thinking a bit big... but, imagine a spacebridge satellite in
>> geo-spacial orbit above noisebridge :)  Can we do that?
>
> That's harder ;) Sub-orbital is probably achievable for Spacebridge.
> LEO requires a *whole* lot more energy; geosync requires even more
> energy plus dealing with a much, much nastier environment. Probably
> not in the next 3 months, I'm thinking.
>
> m.
>
>>
>>
>> Glen
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