Phaeton 4 Stratosphere Drone



posted by SpaceChain SysOp on 22.07.18 00:53 | under General

I promised yesterday to post some pictures on what we’re working on right now: a sub-space flight to the Stratosphere, with a fully autonomous drone.

Please say hello to #Bitnation Space Agency’s Phaeton 4.

It’s a delta-wing, with a wingspan of 2.2 meters, powered by 8 brushless motors as engines and two rocket-boosters. (Not in the pictures.)

It will use its propeller engines until it flies to an altitude of 18 000 meters. That’s roughly 7000 meters higher than commercial airliners cruising altitude.
It will then use its rocket-engines to fly all the way up to the Stratosphere, at an altitude of (calculated) 35-40 km.

It’s controlled by an A.I, and the flight-computer is a powerful Intel Atom based motherboard/CPU. (The black thing connected to the small keyboard - although it will be stripped off the LCD, and every part that’s not essential.)
The flight-computer controls the other components through USB, but there’s ...


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Phaeton 4 Stratosphere Drone






Contact with ISS



posted by SpaceChain SysOp on 13.05.18 13:22 | under General

We have a faint signal from the International Space Station voice downlink, as it’s in a very distant position in its orbit, at 145.80 MHz.
Also reception on cross band voice repeater at 437.80 MHz and also digital packet uplink/downlink at 144.49 MHz.


Contact with ISS




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Satellite base station and radio telescope



posted by SpaceChain SysOp on 13.05.18 11:12 | under General

Our next project is about radio astronomy. The basic setup is finished and RF-equipment and electronics are installed.
We are now able to listen on all frequencies between 100 KHz up to 35 GHz.
I’m still however trying to figure out how to relay the signals from the installation outside Stockholm to our HQ in city, and make it available for anyone who wants to rent telescope-time. (The rent is pretty low, and is supposed to fund the equipment.)


Satellite base station and radio telescope






Mars Habitation Project - Part 1 - Finally!



posted by SpaceChain SysOp on 25.02.18 05:24 | under General

After almost seven months of trials, failures and errors, we've finally been able to alter the synthetic Martian soil, with chemicals that can be found on Mars, to cultivate the first thing that can stay alive in the harsh environment of the red planet: fungi.
This marks the end of the Mars Habitation Project and all results and data will be published on the SpaceChain Space Program homepage, spacechain.org in a few weeks, after review.
Worth noticing is that this fungi survived 30 days continuous 16 uSv/h radiation.
The data is still classified, but will be open source when its been through review.
We will now move on to the next project, that is spelled I.C.O.

[EDIT: The reason for keeping the data classified until reviewed despite our open source policy, is that it can be misused by certain entities who seek to hurt others, to create biologial weapons and those parts needs to be censured out ...


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Mars Habitation Project - Part 1 - Finally!




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Pictures of the Moon from our telescope



posted by SpaceChain SysOp on 23.01.18 04:35 | under General

"We choose to go to the Moon! We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win." -JFK

Join us at www.spacechain.org to make this dream come true.

(The pictures of the Moon are taken tonight by our telescope in Stockholm)

 

Pictures of the Moon from our telescope




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