A funny thing happened on the way to the launch pad
This presentation is the property of its rightful owner.
Sponsored Links
1 / 14

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Launch Pad PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 56 Views
  • Uploaded on
  • Presentation posted in: General

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Launch Pad. In the Beginning. William P Baird Current professional incarnation: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center Previous Incarnations White Sands Missile Range

Download Presentation

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Launch Pad

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Presentation Transcript


A funny thing happened on the way to the launch pad

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Launch Pad


In the beginning

In the Beginning

  • William P Baird

    • Current professional incarnation:

      • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

        • National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center

    • Previous Incarnations

      • White Sands Missile Range

        • High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility

      • Technical Solutions

      • NeuNet

      • Los Alamos National Laboratory

    • In 1989, the Columbus 500 Solar Sail Cup…

      • It…failed…to get backing

      • That (and a movie a long time ago, in a theater far far away) captured my imagination

    • In 2007, the Google Lunar X Prize was announced…

      …And I knew the GLXP had ‘me’ written all over it…


Who we are where we are going

Pursuing the GLXP

Land rover on moon

Roll it 500m

Send back live HD video

Composed of 13 dedicated individuals

Varied skill sets

Experts in their fields

Primarily sponsor funded

Excellent at getting in-kind sponsorships

Who We Are &Where We Are Going


Sponsorship to date

Sponsorship to Date


That is now way back when reality struck back

that is nowWay Back When…Reality Struck Back!

  • Quoted Price from machinists for the Wind at Dawn Rocket: $150,000

  • Initially thought that this would be an open-shut case of raising money…

  • And then…erm…

    • monetary sponsorship extremely hard to come by

    • “in-kind” sponsorship was a lot easier.

  • Began to think that the project might die


Along came

Along Came

  • Coworker recommended Techshop

    • Skeptical

  • Showed up and started bending metal

    • Made a lot of mistakes

    • Annoyed dream coaches to no end

    • Not taken terribly seriously

    • Then the hemispheres showed up

  • Techshop’s communitarian outlook changed everything


Glxp revolution

GLXP Revolution

  • All started with trying to figure out how to weld 20” ID hemispheres to make pressure tanks

    • Dream coaches (Dharma, Abe and Noah) and myself

  • Went on to become a shop collaboration with people joining:

    • Dr Alan Fang: “What do you think you are doing there?”

      • Free lance machinist and experimental physicist

    • Logan Hedin: “You are going to win!”

      • Polythermic Innovations (lead techie and partner)

    • James Erd: “Can you make that bigger?”

      • Became team’s lead machinist

    • Earl Powell: “You have to send off to Canada for that?”

      • Former lead machinist on the EUVE, now metal spinning lead for Team Phoenicia

    • Sam Waldbaum: “This will never fly!”

      • Lockmart engineer, Team Waldbaum, GLXP rover manufacturer

    • Michael Pinneo: “That’s incredibe!”

      • Former AmRoc scientist, power source for GLXP rover


Glxp revolution1

GLXP Revolution

Technologies & Capabilities Coming out of

Team Phoenicia’s GLXP Bid

  • New Composite

    • New composite

      • -200 C to 300 C w/ no delaminations for 80 cycles

      • Corrosive compatible

    • Moldless composite manufacturing techniques

      • New composite continuous fiber symmetrical part manufacturing

      • Asymmetrical composite part manufacture

  • New Rocket Engine

  • New low cost manufacturing for aerospace parts

  • Potential rocket space tourism market as well


Lobbed at us from the right coast

Nanosatellite Launcher Challenge

Announced Jul 13 2010

Largely ignored by team

Too much to do

Approached by others to team up

Declined

What part of too much to do…

Counter Offered

…and then…

Lobbed at us From The Right Coast


Commercial potential blossoming

Under Contract with Three Teams for Nanosat Launchers

Vog Rockets

http://vogrockets.org

Seraphim Aerospace

Soneplanar Space Systems

(Can handle up to 7 more)

Hint hint hint

NSLC Contracts: Phased Approach.

1st: control

2nd speed

3rd / 4th orbit shots

Potential other clients

An established NewSpace firm wants our tanks

Lightness, cryo compatible, LOX “friendly”

A major beverage company has expressed interest in composite

Cryo compatible pressure vessels

Electric motorcycle company

strength, lightness, corrosion resistance

Two Aerospace composite manufacturers

To license composite for their own use

Commercial PotentialBlossoming


A republic of ideas

A Republic of Ideas

  • Helpful Community

  • Innovative Commentary

  • Extensive collective experience

  • Very little IP theft threat

  • Outstanding prototyping capability

  • Potential for seminars to give back (Nanosat Launcher Seminar)

    …if this is what we can do in this environment…


Going forward

Going Forward

  • Finish raising money for GLXP entry

    • See that tin cup?

    • Hint hint…hint hint HINT HINT!!! (#$%@! They took away my blink tag)

  • Find more sponsors

  • Testing

  • Compete in GLXP

  • Commercialize $GLXPDerivedTech[n+]

  • Found BAERA

    • Bay Area Experimental Rocketry Authority

    • A NewSpace TechShop testing ground

    • Lower barrier to entry 10x

    • Hope to Foster a Bay Area NewSpace Revolution

      • do not use the word “boom” with rockets!

    • Again…if this is what we could do…


A funny thing happened on the way to the launch pad1

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Launch Pad


Thank you

Thank you!


  • Login