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Pursuing the Google Lunar X Prize Composed of 12 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. Nanosatellite Launcher Challenge

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Who we are where we are going

Pursuing the Google Lunar X Prize

Composed of 12 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



A funny thing happened on the way to the launch pad

Nanosatellite Launcher Challenge

Announced Jul 13 2010

Team Phoenicia largely ignored

Too much to do

Approached by others to team up

Declined

What part of too much to do…

Counter Offered

…and then…

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Launch pad


Three teams
Three Teams

Team Phoenicia Now Under Contract with Three Teams

  • Mystery Team

    • First team

    • Not unknown to previous challenges

    • Anon still, alas.

  • Vog Rockets

    • http://vogrockets.org

  • Seraphim Aerospace

    • Experience with previous challenges

    • http://

  • Potentially More

    • Negotiations started with another

    • Capacity to work with up to 7 more


Three phases
Three Phases

  • Nanosat Launcher Challenge Huge Effort

    • Has a huge learning curve

    • Can be tackled in phases

  • Contract In Phases

    • Control (single rocket)

      • Zephyr Aurora

    • Speed and Altitude (single rocket)

      • Zephyr Theone

    • Money Shot (two rockets of the same design)

      • Zephyr Morpheus

      • Zephyr Orestes

  • Each Contract Worth $1.2 million if fully exercised


Three reasons
Three Reasons

  • Favourable Pricing

    • low cost of manufacture

      • 5 to 10% of cost for equivalents from other NewSpace entities

    • Favourable Early Adopter Policy

      • Opposite from Norm

      • Earlier Means Cheaper

  • New technologies

    • Cryocarbtm

      • New carbon composite

      • Cryogenic compatible

      • Corrosive compatible

        • LOX

        • HTP

      • 1/7th the weight of Aluminum for the same strength

    • New rocket engine under development

      • Used in the Zephyr Theone (as option)

      • Test Fires expected by march

  • Bundled Techshop Sponsorship for teams


Phase one zephyr aurora

Height: 84 inches

Foot Print: 32 inches

Dry Mass: 42 kg

GLOW: 140 kg

Propellants: RP-1 & LOX

Engine Thrust: 550 lbs-f

Pressure Fed

Construction Materials: Al, SS & graphite

Phase One: Zephyr Aurora


Phase one zephyr aurora1
Phase One: Zephyr Aurora


Phase two zephyr theone

Height: 18 ft

Foot Print: 7 ft

Dry Mass: 315 kg

GLOW: 3315 kg

Propellants: RP-1 & LOX

Engine Thrust: 13,000 lbs-f

Construction Materials: SS, graphite & CryoCarbtm

Phase Two: Zephyr Theone


Contract limitations
Contract Limitations

  • Must submit test program to Team Phoenicia

    • ground and tethered tests prior to free flight attempts

  • Must demonstrate Lunar Lander Challenge Level One capability

    • Fly up to 50m, Hover, Fly laterally 50m, Hover, and Land during 90s

    • Return flight necessary

  • prior to…

    • Velocities greater than 10 m/s

    • Placing an aeroshell on the rocket

  • Must have liability insurance prior to testing

    • United Risk Solutions: http://www.unitedrisk.com


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