Monday, November 24, 2008

Qi spacecraft logistics

The way I see it, the only way to win this N-Prize is by following closely other missions of rockoon concept and high altitude balloon launches and after that go as simple as possible, utilizing the least number of components required...

Balloons arrive...yay

Seems like the balloons I ordered online for my rockoon concept have arrived, the balloons are old military *junk* but hey they can still float, not as high as the new ones. I ordered these military balloons, six of them and hopefully they perform the task of not popping when filled with helium and perhaps getting higher than 30k feet. Alright than. But the plan is of course is to buy much better newer balloons from a reliable company like Totex. 

Thursday, November 13, 2008

My first blog entry. Wohooo! =)

Today on November 13 of year 2008, the Qi Spacecraft will be registering for the N-Prize competition, how amazing is that?! Yay!!! The N-Prize as some of you may know of it, is a competition sort of like X-Prize Competition were SpaceShipOne from ScaledComposites has aced the space frontier, except the N-Prize is simplier and thus less demanding challenge...but neverthless a competition that is hard to come by these days. Especially for a heart-broken student like me, boy... like I said N-Prize is a competition and the challenge is to put a spacecraft into orbit around Earth for 9 orbits total or more at altitude of 100km or higher, quite demanding...I say. But there is a catch, the N-Prize specifies that the whole venture of engineering spacecraft + rocket must be less than $2000, which is where the troubles arise. Ay.