Delta-V is excited to be collaborating with UNSW TechConnect to help solve a massive, worldwide problem for the Space 2.0 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 is our first big step towards solving this problem.
What’s a FlashBuild? Tighter in scope than a hackathon, its a tightly-curated, invitation-only, 3-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 now working together, we’re doing the same in Space.
Two balloon flights to 35Km altitude, launching from North-Western NSW, Australia. Leveraging ACSER UNSW’s CubeSat and GPS expertise, BLUSat’s CubeSat-inspired high-altitude balloon platform and flight experience, and TechConnect, Delta-V and SpaceOps’ “Let’s Just Do It” ethos, the mission aims to achieve TRL7, flying multiple payloads to high-altitude integrated to a CubeSat-analog 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.
FLASHBUILD DATE: 7 - 10 November 2018
LAUNCH DATES: 11-12 November 2018
Our vision is to use this first FlashBuild program to build momentum to fly future suborbital and orbital missions, all aimed at enabling space teams to get Flight Heritage and TRL9 qualification. We aim to do this in partnership with other initiatives aimed at solving this problem worldwide, such as our own Space scaleup Gilmore Space Technologies, who have recently launched their Signature Space Mission initiative.