[Space] Fwd: Next steps for Spacebridge in Hackerspaces In Space

Christie Dudley longobord at gmail.com
Sun Mar 21 22:39:25 PDT 2010


In line with this I had the most fascinating discussion with Ben (our
resident chemist) about something we could do to cut our launch cost in
half.  He explained to me a way to extract hydrogen from water that involved
water, deep cycle batteries (about the same as a car battery, but would be
more appropriate for delivering a continuous charge), and a salt bridge.  He
suggested that this was not novel and there are lots of instructions out on
the web put together by people that do this sort of thing.

Assuming they don't count the cost of the batteries (which would be silly,
since you're not counting the cost of the cylinder that holds the helium
since it's just rented) this means that we could reduce that $100+ cost down
to pennies, reducing the total cost of the launch dramatically.

What say you we experiment with helium?

Christie
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"We also briefly discussed having officers replaced by very small shell
scripts." -- Noisebridge meeting notes 2008-06-17

The outer bounds is only the beginning.
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On Sun, Mar 21, 2010 at 5:55 PM, Ariel Waldman <ariel at arielwaldman.com>wrote:

> Ok, I added myself since there were no other votes. Will let you all know
> if they send me any updates on the competition.
>
>
>
> Ariel Waldman | digital anthropologist
>
> [ http://arielwaldman.com | http://spacehack.org ]
>
>
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> On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 8:54 PM, Mikolaj Habryn <dichro at rcpt.to> wrote:
>
>> I nominate Ariel.
>>
>> m.
>>
>> On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 5:53 PM, Ariel Waldman <ariel at arielwaldman.com>
>> wrote:
>> > Hey everyone, we've been added to the competition!
>> >
>> > Please read what Jay sent me below. The PDF of the rules is on
>> > http://workshop88.com/space/ . We need to elect an individual from our
>> group
>> > per the note below.
>> >
>> > Send me your thoughts!
>> >
>> >
>> > Ariel Waldman | digital anthropologist
>> >
>> > [ http://arielwaldman.com | http://spacehack.org ]
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> > From: Jay Margalus <jay.margalus at gmail.com>
>> > Date: Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 4:31 PM
>> > Subject: Re: Is Hackerspaces in Space a domestic or int'l competition?
>> > To: Ariel Waldman <ariel at arielwaldman.com>
>> > Cc: Kevin Roof <roofuskit at gmail.com>
>> >
>> >
>> > Not a problem at all, we're still accepting groups applying late.
>>  You've
>> > been added to this list.  Here's some additional info I just sent out,
>> > including info on what you can do next:
>> > Thanks for signing up to participate in Hackerspaces in Space!
>> > News
>> > The past few weeks have been really exciting for us.  Hackerspaces in
>> Space
>> > (HSIS) has registered 29 organizations, including groups from Germany,
>> > Thailand, Malaysia, and Australia.  We've received some pretty nice
>> > write-ups from Make Magazine, Hobbyspace, Evadot, Spacehack, and
>> > thehackerspaces.org website.  The energy behind HSIS has also moved
>> outside
>> > the realm of hackerspaces to encompass other enthusiastic groups and
>> > organizations.  We welcome any curious individuals interested in
>> science,
>> > making, and exploration.
>> > For those of you who are hackerspaces, we have additional news that
>> we're
>> > pleased to announce: HSIS has become the participating event for the
>> > competitive leg of the first annual "Hackerspace Awards".  An idea out
>> of
>> > Makers Local 256 with hackerspace.org support, the Hackerspace Awards
>> > recognize innovation and ingenuity within the maker community.  This
>> creates
>> > no extra work for you or your organization -- it's just another way to
>> bring
>> > us together.
>> > For everybody, we have even more news coming up that you'll find quite
>> > interesting.
>> > Competition Update
>> > Now that registration has finally closed, we're asking two things of
>> each
>> > registered group:
>> > 1) To elect an individual and submit their name to serve on the Event
>> Board
>> > outlined in the rules.  Please e-mail jmargalus at workshop88.com with
>> your
>> > information before April 1, 2010.
>> > 2) To re-read the rules attached to this e-mail, and ask us any
>> questions
>> > you might have about them.
>> > Additionally, the Hackerspace Awards team has inquired, granted your
>> group
>> > will take part in the Awards, if your Event Board nominee will also
>> judge a
>> > "merits based event" as part of the Awards.  This is an excellent
>> > opportunity for everyone to participate in this new and exciting event,
>> so
>> > if you have any thoughts, please let us know.
>> >
>> > Thanks again for signing up, and be sure to keep us all updated on your
>> own
>> > balloon's progress!
>> > Happy ballooning,
>> > Jay Margalus
>> > p.s. If you are not a member of a hackerspace, but would like more
>> > information on hackerspaces in your area, feel free to mail me with your
>> > information and I'll point you in the right direction.
>> > Jay Margalus
>> > Polymath Workshop, Inc.
>> > www.wepolymath.com
>> >
>> > Have a nice day
>> >
>> >
>> > On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 6:22 PM, Ariel Waldman <ariel at arielwaldman.com>
>> > wrote:
>> >>
>> >> Hi Jay,
>> >>
>> >> I just submitted my name to the registration on behalf of the
>> hackerspace
>> >> Noisebridge. Spacebridge (the space group at Noisebridge) has been
>> working
>> >> on weather balloon payloads since December and we had our first test
>> launch
>> >> last month. I thought someone in the group had already registered for
>> the
>> >> competition but found out yesterday that it hadn't been done yet. Can
>> you
>> >> grant Noisebridge late entry?
>> >>
>> >> If so, please let me know what next steps are (aside from read the PDF
>> >> rules on the site).
>> >> Thanks!
>> >>
>> >> Ariel Waldman | digital anthropologist
>> >>
>> >> [ http://arielwaldman.com | http://spacehack.org ]
>> >>
>> >
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