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Modular spacecraft with integrated structural electrodynamic propulsion
Idea is if you have large enough structures (booms), then you can do some interesting attitude control and propulsion tricks
space  technology  research  spacecraft  attitude  control  propulsion  design  integrated  structure  boom  electrodynamic  tether 
may 2018 by asteroza
Solar Thermal Propulsion for Small Spacecraft - Engineering System Development and Evaluation
Using fiber optics to simplify the arrangement between a solar concentrator rig and the actual solar thermal thruster
smallsat  small  spacecraft  space  propulsion  CSP  fiber  optic  solar  thermal  thruster  decoupled 
april 2018 by asteroza
SPS - Genesis Engineering Solutions, Inc.
Currently working wtih NASA for a single person spacecraft, AKA the shirtsleeve armored waldo spacesuit.
NASA  single  person  spacecraft  shirtsleeve  EVA  vehicle  research  technology  space 
february 2018 by asteroza
Smartphone app turns home drone into spacecraft / Technology / Our Activities / ESA
ESA is crowdsourcing human controlled docking guidance behavior/data for training AI docking systems, by using AR.drones and an iOS app.
iPad  AR.Drone  app  software  iPhone  AR  technology  docking  spacecraft  space  research  ESA  Delicious 
april 2013 by asteroza
Hermes Spacecraft
Apparently they got money from kickstarter to fund engine development.
hardware  spaceplane  vehicle  spacecraft  tourism  transportation  space  suborbital  Delicious 
march 2013 by asteroza
19960021025_1996043871.pdf (application/pdf Object)
RIME (Rocket Induced Magnetohydrodynamic Ejector) rocket design for an electric air breather rocket ejector ramjet of sorts. Robs power from the rocket exhaust via MHD generator to power the generator magnets, the air ionizer, and the MHD accelerator.
RENE  RIME  space  spacecraft  aerospace  aviation  research  technology  propulsion  rocket  MHD  generator  accelerator  cycle  electric  air  ejector  ramjet  Delicious 
june 2012 by asteroza
Amazon.com: Minimum Cost Design for Space Operations eBook: Arthur Schnitt: Kindle Store
Effectively need 10x cost reduction to hit the steep part of market demand curves, since 3x gains can get eaten by ops costs.
book  minimum  cost  design  space  operation  ops  spacecraft  aerospace  costing  modeling  information  reference  Delicious 
june 2012 by asteroza
Spaceflight Services Home Page
Interesting microtug for cubesat style secondary payload post launch orbital shifting, as a service.
Sherpa  cubesat  OTV  spacecraft  orbital  tug  vehicle  space  transportation  Delicious 
may 2012 by asteroza
GaTech-and-University-of-VA-graduate-(2).pdf.aspx (application/pdf Object)
PHARO is the electric version of the PROFAC ramscoop atmospheric propellant collector/diver, using concentrated reflected light from SPS' dumping on a passive cooled solar cell array at (?5x-50x?) solar intensity for roughly 175KW to power an MHD ramjet thruster running on collected liquid air/nitrogen. Quick and sleazy mods I can think of are using ground based laser beamed power (rather than simple SPS reflected concentrated solar), inflatable frustum collector nozzle expansion, and perhaps a VASIMR engine (though the MHD ramjet in principle is similar to a VASIMR, with fuel coming live from the collector).
PROFAC  orbital  propellant  fluid  accumulator  collector  ramscoop  ramdiver  atmosphere  diver  solar  electric  tug  PHARO  space  transportation  vehicle  spacecraft  air  scoop  airscoop  MHD  ramjet  fuel  ISRU  Delicious 
november 2011 by asteroza
Rocket science :: PROFAC
PROFAC is the nuclear thermal atmospheric propellant ramdiver, PHARO is the electric MHD engine version (ostensibly powered by 5x concentrated solar power beamed from an SPS constellation). It actually makes sense, especially if you have an offboard power source (PHARO was looking at a 200KW range power receiver). Easy mod is an inflatable frustum over the collector cone to increase the size of the of the capture inlet.
PROFAC  orbital  propellant  fluid  accumulator  collector  ramscoop  ramdiver  atmosphere  diver  nuclear  thermal  tug  PHARO  space  transportation  vehicle  spacecraft  airscoop  air  scoop  fuel  ISRU  Delicious 
november 2011 by asteroza
Launch Vehicle Performance Calculator
quickie launch vehicle performance/payload calculator. seems decent...
rocket  spacecraft  launch  vehicle  performance  calculator  propulsion  space  reference  Delicious 
august 2011 by asteroza
Encyclopedia Astronautica
Some asshat DDoS'd Encyclopedia Astronautica so hard it caused the maintainer to pack up and give up. So thankfully the WayBackMachine had a relatively recent capture for archiving so the world isn't at a loss of a great resource.
astronautix  archive.org  archive  capture  waybackmachine  space  history  reference  spacecraft  launcher  rocket  propulsion  shuttle  aerospace  SSTO  TSTO  Delicious 
july 2011 by asteroza
product_sheet_-_leviathan_heavy_lift_launch_vehicle_rc.pdf (application/pdf Object)
The DIRECT guys are proposing Leviathan, an update to the old Truax Sea Dragon design using annular aerospike rocket engines. Which is exactly the idea I was kicking around with college friends back before 2000. Sea Dragon basically revolved around the logical end to the big dumb booster argument, making a rocket so large that certain materials handling issues become easier. Namely, using submarine pressure hull manufacturing techniques on half inch thick steel plates formed into a cylindrical tank body. You build this in a shipyard, not a clean room hangar. Due to size, sea transport and launh is must, but that ends up making a lot of other things easier. Leviathan neatly sidesteps one of the issues with Sea Dragon; the second stage expandable nozzle skirt. Aerospikes get almost equivalent performance for less complexity and risk. Reusuability is easier at this size, and sets the ground for SSTO.
DIRECT  Leviathan  HLV  heavy  lift  vehicle  rocket  TSTO  space  propulsion  spacecraft  aerospike  reusable  big  dumb  booster  BDB  ocean  launch  launcher  filetype:pdf  media:document  Delicious 
june 2011 by asteroza
Radiation Remediation
It's like a Roomba for the Van Allen belts! Which actually has long term policy implications, much like orbital debris cleanup. This would potentially make very low thrust propulsion like Hall effect much more viable for the GTO market, compared to now where you need chemical, VASIMR, solar thermal, or nuclear thermal thrust levels to cut transit times. Won't do anything about getting cooked by hard solar wind and cosmic radiation, but that's always been a time/shielding critical issue anyways.
HiVOLT  tether  van  allen  radiation  belt  dispersal  spacecraft  system  electrostatic  particle  deflector  Delicious 
march 2011 by asteroza
Carnival of Space 178 - traversing wormholes and super magnetic fields
Nuclear pumped high magnetic field spacetime fabric warping wormhole generator as a means for FTL? Also, it's cute that the wormhole would have to be traversed by conventional propulsion. I suppose that means anyone who is cool with an Orion drive is cool with WHIPIT as well...
whip  WHIPIT  wormhole  induction  propulsion  high  strength  magnetic  field  space  spacecraft  design  physics  FTL  research  Delicious 
november 2010 by asteroza
ExcaliburAlmaz
So this ex-astronaut thinks it's a good idea to resurrect Almaz hardware for commercial spaceflight purposes. Which basically means he would have to bankroll the same work that went into converting the current Soyuz to digital flight hardware, on a vehicle with far less flight hours logged. It would make more sense to build a Soyuz variant with a larger service module and maybe a Block DM upper stage to make up for the increase in mass. At least that's still in production.
commercial  spaceflight  russia  Almaz  reentry  spacecraft  vehicle  space  transportation  technology  Delicious 
november 2010 by asteroza
5469.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Strange power generator design for a solar wind power satellite poered by the electrons int he solar wind, and intended to be flown outside of the ecliptic, possible as a stationary stratellite above the poles of the sun
Dyson-Harrop  solar  wind  power  satellite  spacecraft  generator  SPS  filetype:pdf  media:document  Delicious 
september 2010 by asteroza
Data clippers to set sail to enhance future planetary missions
Reiterating the old adage "Few things can beat the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes...", this proposal for orbiting cycler spacecraft using solar sails for bulk data ferrying is interesting, though solar sailers have even greater weight limitations compared to conventional spacecraft, and suffer from even larger handicaps in far deep space, short of using a laser from earth to provide secondary beamed propulsion.
solar  data  clipper  cycler  spacecraft  design  concept  backhaul  sail  sailer  ponyexpress  Delicious 
september 2010 by asteroza
Popular Science - Google Books
Interesting radioisotope photoelectric generator concept, which is applicable to deep space probes. The gamma ray radiation would suck, but most space probes have varying levels of gamma ray protection, so having a nearby source isn't horrific, just unpleasant.
RPG  radioisotope  photoelectric  generator  power  nuclear  deep  space  probe  spacecraft  Delicious 
july 2010 by asteroza
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