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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


Strange but true stories from the near space files

Strange But True Stories From The Near Space Files!


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