China testing space-based solar power (SBSP)

The SBSP test system will orbit independently and deploy its own solar arrays and other systems. It is likely to test and verify capabilities such as power generation, conversion and transmission.

China to use space station to test space-based solar power


NXP HoverGames Challenge 3: Sustainable Food Ecosystems

NXP wants everyone to build a drone that flies a precise pattern to report on flood monitoring or even deliver medical supplies where no car can reach in disaster scenarios again this year. Check it out as the registration deadline is 30 Oct 2022:

NXP became a gold member of Linux based Dronecode

Space Food ideas

Interested in developing tech to provide the (eventual) humans the food they will need once they follow robots into space. Here are a couple of recent items related to this interest:

Providing food from space for the Earth:

An artist's illustration of a greenhouse in space inside a Nanoracks StarLab Outpost module.

Deep Space Food Challenge, a NASA Centennial Challenge:

Deep Space Food Challenge | NASA

Joining the Quest for Blue competition

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.


Northrop to Help Air Force Research Lab Develop Solar Power Tech Under $100M Contract

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))…

Northrop to Help Air Force Research Lab Develop Solar Power Tech Under $100M Contract channel with some Arduino work

Been while since I posted but have done a bit of robot work that is out there on my new channel here:

in relation to my work with the Australian Space Pioneers group:

More coming as we prepare for the first ever Maker Faire in Asheville!