'œNines' have it for Nanosatellite space race: The N-prize
Subscribe now and get the news that matters to your industry.
The official website of the N-prize is: http://www.n-prize.com/.
On the page “What is the N-prize?” Dear defines the n-prize as “… a challenge to launch an impossibly small satellite into orbit on a ludicrously small budget, for a pitifully small cash prize.”
Dear asks the question on his website “Are we serious?” He answers simply: “Yes.”
Further, he states, “Surely it’s impossible.” Then, Dear adds, “Very nearly.”
No sugar-coating here. It's straight-talk. This honest talk may make it even more challenging for some adventuresome engineering types out there!
Here are some specifics of the contest.
On the “Where it all began” (Half-bakery ) webpage, Dear states, “The challenge is to put a payload of between 9.99 and 19.99 grams (that's the weight of 2-4 quarters or 1-2 £1 coins) into orbit (defined as being able to complete 9 [corrected from '99'] orbits or more before re-entry or loss) for a total cost of £999.99 or less. This is the cost of any non-reuseable components (ie, it need not cover ground facilities, recoverable launch hardware, etc). [corrected from 'the launch vehicle, payload, fuel, and any ground-based systems needed to support it, but'] and excludes development or prototyping costs. The satellite has to be detected from earth by some means, sufficiently to confirm that it has completed at least 9 [corrected from '99'] orbits. The cost of the detection is not part of the £999.99, and outside help may be recruited.”
Another requirement is that the tiny satellite be placed at least at an altitude of 99 kilometers (about 61.5 miles) above the surface of Earth.
(Who would have guessed such a number from Dr. Dear?)
Please read on to the next page for additional information on the N-prize.
PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST BANDWIDTH BANDITS!Don't let traffic bottlenecks slow your network or business-critical apps to a grinding halt. With SolarWinds Bandwidth Analyzer Pack (BAP) you can gain unified network availability, performance, bandwidth, and traffic monitoring together in a single pane of glass.
With SolarWinds BAP, you'll be able to:
• Detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance issues
• Track response time, availability, and uptime of routers, switches, and other SNMP-enabled devices
• Monitor and analyze network bandwidth performance and traffic patterns.
• Identify bandwidth hogs and see which applications are using the most bandwidth
• Graphically display performance metrics in real time via dynamic interactive maps
Download FREE 30 Day Trial!
ITWIRE SERIES - IS YOUR BACKUP STRATEGY COSTING YOU CLIENTS?Where are your clients backing up to right now?
Is your DR strategy as advanced as the rest of your service portfolio?
What areas of your business could be improved if you outsourced your backups to a trusted source?
Read the industry whitepaper and discover where to turn to for managed backup
William Atkins completed educational degrees in science (bachelor’s in physics and mathematics) from Illinois State University (Normal, United States) and business (master’s in entrepreneurship and bachelor’s in industrial relations) from Western Illinois University