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Amateur Near Space Exploration. The Do-It-Yourself Space Program. Topics. Cost And Access To Space Near Space As An Alternative To Space. Cost And Access To Space. Want To Send A Satellite Into Orbit? Building Costs Testing? Construction Time

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amateur near space exploration

Amateur Near Space Exploration

The Do-It-Yourself

Space Program

topics
Topics
  • Cost And Access To Space
  • Near Space As An Alternative To Space
cost and access to space
Cost And Access To Space
  • Want To Send A Satellite Into Orbit?
  • Building Costs
  • Testing?
  • Construction Time
  • Launch Costs
  • Telemetry Stations?
  • It’s More Of A Barrier Than An Opportunity
near space as an alternative to space
Near Space As An Alternative To Space
  • Look And Feel Of Near Space
  • It’s Affordable
  • It’s Quick
  • Accessing Near Space
  • Functioning In Near Space
  • True Stories From The Near Space Files
what s it like in near space
What’s It Like In Near Space?
  • < 5% Sea Level Pressure
  • 0 to –40 degrees F
  • >300 Mile To The Horizon
  • Cosmic Ray Flux 150X Greater Than Sea Level
  • Black Skies, Curved Horizon, and Primary Cosmic Rays - It Feels Like Space To Me!
atmospheric pressure
Atmospheric Pressure
  • Three Rules Of Thumb
  • Changes By A Factor Of 3% Per 1000 Feet
  • Changes By A Factor Of 50% Per 18,000 feet
  • Changes By A Factor Of 90% Per 50,000 feet
air temperature
Air Temperature
  • Drops As You Climb Through The Troposphere
  • Rises As You Climb Through The Stratosphere
the near space horizon
The Near Space Horizon
  • See The Entire State
  • Spy On Neighboring States!
cosmic rays
Cosmic Rays
  • Primary Cosmic Rays Are Atoms From Stars
  • Secondaries Created When Primaries Collide with Air Molecules
  • Secondaries Further Reduced By The Atmosphere
near space is affordable
Near Space Is Affordable
  • $500 For A Basic Near Space Capsule
  • $100 For Ground Support Equipment
  • Local Amateur Radio Support (free!)
  • $160 Per Launch (to 85,000 feet)
  • Except For Balloon And Helium, It’s All Reusable
near space is quick
Near Space Is Quick
  • Build A Capsule Within A Few Months
  • Build Ground Support Equipment Within A Few Weeks
  • Design Your Experiments Within ?
  • Complete A Mission In Time For Lunch
accessing near space
Accessing Near Space
  • Helium Filled Weather Balloons
  • Recovery Parachutes
  • Ascent Rates Of 300 To 1200 FPM
  • Helium And The Parachute Keeps The Program Safe
functioning in near space
Functioning In Near Space
  • Inexpensive GPS Receiver
  • Radio Modem
  • Inexpensive HT
  • APRS
  • Basic Stamp Based Flight Computer (CC/PS)
  • Hobby Servos
  • MAX186 12 Bit ADC
  • “AA” Batteries
near space experiments
Near Space Experiments
  • Determine Cosmic Ray Flux (RM-60)
  • Atmospheric Temperature Profile
  • Wind Profile
  • Remote Sensing The Earth
  • Technology Tests
  • Life Sciences
  • Meteoric Dust
  • Astronomy
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Is Near Space Right For You?
  • Can You Afford The Initial Cost?
  • Can You Sustain The Program?
  • Get Your Technician’s License!
near space websites
Near Space Websites
  • www.the-one.com/tvnsp
  • www.ksu.edu/humec/knsp
  • www.eoss.org
  • members.home.net/mconner1/nstar.html
  • www.kcnet.com/~n3kkm/nearspace.html
  • users.crosspaths.net/~wallio/records.html
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