Engineering/Concept > DIY Manned Spaceflight

Space should be for everyone screen saver

Without NASA, but with NASA’s data, without Virgin Space, but instead on our own terms instead of from a government or an institution aiding us reaching space.

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Here are the major obstacles and some possible solutions to consider.

Goal Objectives/Design Issues

External heating once beyond lower atmosphere-
Solution: Passive outer shell, apart from ship taking the majority of heat, and preferably turning it in to energy instead of dissipating it away.

Lightweight, affordable to build, offering maximum strength ship-
Icosahedron shape providing equal length members distributing depressurization on the hull equally . Pressurization or crushing force is what happens to things below sea level, space has the opposite environment so all space ships are designed to withstand the “pulling” force of space wanting to pull the craft apart if there’s air inside. Many people mistakenly think space wants to “crush” spaceships, but if there’s air inside a ship, space wants to suck it out by pulling the craft apart along every inch of the craft. Scientifically speaking this is the air inside the craft wanting to balance to the air pressure of the outside except there’s no air outside, which just makes it want to balance that much more.  So space is pulling and the air is pushing, and the darn craft is all that’s between these two finally gettin it on. A craft could be built that on launch might look limp like a raisin, until at 20,000ft, it’s fully inflated as it begins the dance with reducing outside pressure. But then from 20,000 to 100,000ft it becomes quite tight. Balloons get larger as they go higher, but this balloon stops growing after 20,000ft, and then relies on the construction of the craft to withstand the pulling pressures of space.

New Environmental solutions-
Breathing is done through helmet and suit, so chamber isn’t managing atmospherics (a major reason for mechanical failure). This also cuts costs.

Offer redundant systems to fail safe missions-
Triple back up systems

Any biological solutions over technological ones preferred-
Can shell be made with natural biomass, recycled goods?

Landing requirements-
Emergency raft (if water landing)

Ability to glide (aiming for 1/1 glide ratio so ship can aim at landing like Shuttle did (few know the Shuttle missions had to glide to the landing strip without aid of power. This is not an easy thing to pull off but with computers they were able to ace it).

Easy touch down, braking at end or bounce maybe like Mars Rover?

Cost Requirements-
Must not cost more than $1,000 to build the completed artifact with finished plans. It’s understood the prototype(s) will be over that.

I’m only going to have this page, and the Page on Facebook devoted to the project for now. Please join the Facebook page and pass the message around, everyone should have their chance at touching the stars safely and make it affordable, and even easy.

Looking at the data compiled, the leading place to start is with the results of the ManHigh Project.

Another good source talking about the history and how precious and amazing these flights were only to be overshadowed by amazing loud rockets which were and still are more visually exciting, yet horribly less efficient.

  1. Sol-X can help with electronics, CAD modeling, 3D printing, and carbon fiber. We have started planning a high altitude balloon kick starter and would love to partner.

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