[Space] Spacebridge micro-satellite

Mikolaj Habryn dichro at rcpt.to
Tue Dec 22 12:22:11 PST 2009


I wonder how much it'd cost to slap a Noisebridge sticker on the side?
(if we had one made out of vacuum-grade materials and adhesive :P)

m.

On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 12:16 PM, Matt Everingham
<matt.everingham at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
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> 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.
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