Space launch for cheap with this one weird trick! 

Ground to orbit flight for a fraction of the current cost. That’s what is likely on the horizon. Keep in mind that this is conjecture but the possibility of affordable space flight could be reached within your lifetime. (Also, sorry for the click-bait title. It’s meant to be tongue in cheek)

Remember in August of 2013 when Elon Musk introduced Hyperloop? He asked us to envision a railgun, a Concord jet, an air hocky table and a freeway having a baby. Hyperloop would solve time management and economic problems by catapulting you in a pod through a low pressure tube to your destination. 

So what’s worth writing about? Rocket fuel expended to achieve orbit is least effective in the initial phases of flight. So instead mount a small rocket engine on the back of that pod, or swap the pod for the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and point the open end towards space.  

 

Image courtesy of LaunchPoint who happens to actually be working on this very concept. 
 

The Death Star Plans Are in His Computer!

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On November 12th my friend Mike Senese (@msenese) the Executive Editor over at Make Magazine broke an amazing article on what is possibly the largest Death Star ever made!

Colby Powell's Death Star
Colby Powell’s Death Star

Colby Powell and his kids had the idea to put a Death Star in their back yard. The design evolved around the outer shell made of two grey-green T-10 military surplus parachutes. With a call to the lead engineer of the parachute manufacturer, Colby was given the seam lengths and was then able to calculate the inflated size. From that size a 23 foot geodesic sphere was constructed using Sonostar hubs and 1/2″ grey electrical conduit.

To read the full story head on over to Mike’s article at Make Magazine.

Impossible Yet Amazing Paper Airplane Camera

This drone takes action shots in ways you never thought possible. Its actually a paper airplane with a camera mounted on it. Better yet you can view a live feed and control it all from your smart phone!

Meet the PowerUp FPV a sub $200 first-person vision drone.

As of November 13th there are still 50+ early bird reward packages left that get you a PowerUp FPV for $160. The downside is that they don’t ship until January… if you plan on giving this as a Christmas gift you might be giving a rain check. An awesome rain check!

 

Is Disney is Awakening the Force for Makers?

  • Want to 3D print your own working C-3P0? Disney may soon be giving you the tools to do it in their new Design Tool for 3D Printable Robots.   With nearly infinite options you can tweak your design in a casual interface customizing shapes, sizes, number of legs and types of walking gait.      hile the video and white paper don’t tell us when this will be available, we will be tracking their progress. Join our mailing list to be among the first to know.

Here’s the White paper