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“We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgement and decision […] We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer.”
Oration on the Dignity of Man – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

Low cost satellits

published on 2.11.2011

The aerospace industry is a sector with so high investment that only large agencies like NASA or ESA, or the multinational companies can afford. An international team of students and engineers of UPC is developing a project to send a satellite into space for less than 1,200 euros. The challenge is part of the “N-Prize” competition that encourages low cost space technology.
The project of Joshua Tristancho and his team plan to use a weather balloon, inflated with helium, that will slowly rise a shuttle to 35 km altitude. From there an integrated two-stage rocket will take off. The first stage will ascend to 270 km and reach a speed of 2.7 km/s. The second stage will inject the satellite into orbit at a speed of 7.7 km/s, ie about 30,000 km/h, 22 times the speed of sound.

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