Joining in the “Quest for Blue”! Goal of this new competition out of Australia’s Saber is to design and simulate a space mission within the limits of the hypothetical seed money (US$10M) for a new startup with the end goal for the competition to kickstart a new community of space entrepreneurs. As the space industry grows around the world Saber has a goal to make the Quest series a playground of virtual exploration for smart people to propose the business concepts for #newspace projects of tomorrow.
“Quest For Blue” is a Saber Astronautics initiative that is part of their mission to lower the barriers to space flight and democratize the industry. Saber has a long history of public engagement and support, training space engineers from undergraduate through to graduate level.
Seems that the Air Force Research Lab will be funding a Space Based Solar Power (SBSP) demonstrator with a new $100M project. Finally! (see previous posts on this blog from 2013 (KSI SC 809 SBSP) and 2016 (DARPA D3 Presentation))…
CHINA LAKE, CA, UNITED STATES
On Oct. 26, 2016, a pair of Hornets flying above an empty part of California opened their bellies and released a robotic swarm.
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After a year or two of flying some small hobby-grade drones (Syma X-11, X-5) including solar charging, I have moved on up to a mid-range drone – the Cheerson CX-20 (white drone below). This larger quadcopter drone is capable to lift Go-Pro sized high quality cameras and I have acquired a Go-Pro clone camera that is HD (1080p), 2.7K and 4K video capable to continue my adventures with aerial imaging, GPS navigation and remote operational testing.