TEN space-focused events in FOUR days, TWO high-altitude balloon flights one of which reached 28,300 metres altitude, successfully recording results across EIGHT payloads including 360 degree HD video, THREE mission design workshops in NSW schools, EIGHT space startup, research and student teams, THREE industry workshops in launch, ecosystem development, and international collaboration. A bunch of amazing sponsors. ONE pie.
Successful demonstration of technical capability (TRL6), and priceless learnings about what happens when you say ‘YES - LET’S DO IT TOGETHER!’.
In November 2018, Delta-V joined forces with UNSW TechConnect, Aussie startup SpaceOps, and the UNSW BlueSat flight team to help solve a massive problem for the Australian NewSpace sector: Flight Heritage. To qualify as a team member for an international commercial or research mission, space teams need to have ‘flown’ their component, system or software - and achieved what NASA calls ‘Tech Readiness Level 9’ (see scale at right). Its a chicken-and-the-egg problem, as until you’ve flown, you can’t fly!
As part of our mission to build a next-generation ecosystem for space in Australia, solving the Flight Heritage problem is key. The 2018 NewSpace FlashBuild was our first big contribution towards solving this problem.
What’s a FlashBuild? Tighter in scope than a hackathon, its a tightly-curated, invitation-only, 4-day sprint to bring together experienced and talented people, technology platforms, engineers, academics, startups, students, and beneficiaries to rapidly prototype and deploy a solution. UNSW TechConnect pioneered this approach via their FarmConnect Flashbuild, and we’ve now done the same in Space.
Two balloon flights to as high as 35Km altitude, launching from North-Western NSW, Australia.
ACSER UNSW for CubeSat and GPS expertise
BLUEsat’s CubeSat-inspired high-altitude balloon platform and team flight experience
UNSW TechConnect’s awesome Flashbuild and Rapid Prototyping workshops patterns
SpaceOps’ “Let’s Just Do It” bias towards action, which has inspired us so much
JAR Aerospace’s enthusiastic encouragement and practical support
MicsLab for coaching the teams through engineering design and rapid fabrication to high-altitude awesomeness
Gallo’s Pies for sustenance, and a fantastic global media ‘pie in the sky’ stunt.
Azimuth Consulting for legal support
Visual Metrics for overall concept, coordination and media
The mission aimed to achieve TRL6, flying multiple payloads to high-altitude (> 20,000 metres) integrated to a CubeSat-compatible bus, recording their performance and learning how to integrate systems and subsystems through hands-on engineering. Example payloads: a GPS receiver board, biofluidics, a crypto token generator, a Picosat comms system, a 360 degree camera.